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Construction of Mohmand and Diamer-Bhasha dams to start next year

LAHORE: The construction of two major dams — Mohmand and Diamer-Bhasha — will begin in first two quarters of the next year, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) informed the government. Newly appointed Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda, was given detailed briefing by Wapda Chairman Muzammil Hussain about building of the dams during a meeting. The total approved cost of both the dams is around Rs883 billion. An official told the meeting that the authorities had invited consultancy firms to…

Construction of dams inevitable to ensure supply of drinking water: CJP

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday termed the construction of new dams inevitable to ensure supply of drinking water to people and generation of electricity. "Pakistanis are capable of constructing dams with their own resources," he said while talking to a delegation of an NGO which called on him in Lahore. The chief justice said that the future generations and history would not forgive us if loans and debts were not paid back. He said that the nation had great expectations…

PM forms committee to devise plan for building five mn cost-effective houses

ISLAMABAD: After a detailed discussion on various international models and road-maps for addressing the issue of housing, Prime Minister Imran Khan constituted a committee under the secretary housing and works to devise a comprehensive and coherent plan of action for construction of five million affordable houses. Chairing a meeting on construction of low-cost and affordable houses in Islamabad, Imran Khan on Monday said construction of low-cost and affordable five million houses was the foremost priority of the…

KP announces construction of sports complex on extra land of Commissioner House Abbottabad

ABBOTTABAD: Acting Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Governor and Speaker Provincial Assembly Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani has announced the construction of international standard sports complex on the extra land of Commissioner House in Abbottabad at a cost of 300 million rupees. The stadium would have a multipurpose sports gymnasium in which all indoor games could be conducted. Talking to APP, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said that they had taken steps to utilize the extra land for construction of a state of the art and well equipped international…

Federal ministers to contribute entire salaries for dams construction fund

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker federal ministers have announced to contribute their entire salaries as donation for Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dam Fund. The decision was taken during a cabinet held on Wednesday and the gesture was appreciated by Prime Minister retired Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk. The cabinet also recommended that federal government servants may contribute to the fund voluntarily and proposed that officials from Grade BPS-1 to 16 contribute one-day salary while those from BS-17 to BS-22 shall contribute two-days salary.…

80% construction work of Raiwind railway station completed: Saad

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Sunday said 80 percent construction work of the Raiwind Railway Station has been completed. He said this while talking to newsmen in Lahore after inspecting the under-construction work of Raiwind Railway Station in the outskirts of the city. The minister said the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) will win next general elections on the basis of its performance. To a question, Saad Rafique said everyone should have freedom to speak in a democratic country. Later,…

Supreme Court allows multi-storey buildings in Karachi

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Sunday ruled in favor of construction of up to six-storey buildings in Karachi, ARY News reported. “Neither construction nor booking of more than six-storey building would be allowed in the metropolis,” said Chief Justice Saqib Nisar while hearing the case against ban on multistoried buildings in Karachi. He said the apex court would not allow destruction of the construction industry (by banning construction of multi-storey buildings. Strict action would be taken, if the court…

PM inaugurates construction of white oil pipeline project

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said that petroleum products prices would be reduced after the accomplishment of White Oil Pipeline project. He was addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of White Oil Pipeline project at Port Qasim in Karachi on Friday. He expressed the hope that this five billion rupees project will be completed in 20 months. The prime minister said this pipe line will have the storage capacity of 255,000 tons of diesel and petroleum products. He said that this…

Pakistani engineer kidnapped from Afghanistan

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistani construction engineer has been kidnapped in Afghanistan since the past two months, ARY News reported. Malik Faiz Ahmed, a resident of Rawalpindi, was reportedly kidnapped in Afghanistan two months ago, his family has claimed. He was a construction engineer and was residing in Afghanistan since April 2016. A video has surfaced showing Malik Faiz being severely tortured by his kidnappers. His son, Farhan Ahmed, has urged the federal and provincial government to help release his elderly father from…

Govt approves negotiation with Russia for agreement on construction of 600mw NGCC power plant

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has approved initiation of agreement between Russia and Pakistan on Cooperation for Construction of 600 MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the cabinet meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday. The meeting authorized Power Division to negotiate the details of draft Framework Agreement with Russian authorities and bring the agreed version before the cabinet. It would also finalize the terms and conditions of the loan in consultation…