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SC Seeks Time Frame For Construction of Dams

Islamabad (December 06, 2018): Supreme Court has sought time frame from WAPDA for construction of Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams.

A three member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case pertaining to construction of dams in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Chief Justice said that an implementation bench has been constituted to ensure construction of the dams in given timeframe.

He said that the attorney general will be the focal person of the implementation bench.He said that not a single rupee of dams fund will be spent elsewhere.

Earlier on July 05, SC sought immediate construction of two dams.

The Supreme Court held that water resources were crucial for survival and directed the authorities to take immediate and effective measures to build two dams — Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand.

The court also ordered the federal government, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and the executive authority to take effective measures in the light of decisions taken by the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to develop the 4,500MW capacity Diamer Bhasha Dam and the 700MW capacity Mohmand Dam, said a short order, the detailed reasons of which will be issued later.The court also sought a report with detailed timelines and milestones which is to be submitted by the relevant authorities within three weeks. Separately, the court constituted an implementation committee to oversee the execution of the works.

The committee will be led the Wapda chairperson, and will comprise experts and officials of the federal and KP governments.

The Supreme Court (SC) was informed on August 8 this year that construction work on Mohmand Dam project is expected to commence in early 2019, whereas an all-out effort was under way to start work on Diamer-Bhasha Dam project during 2019 as early as possible.

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