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WAPDA chairman briefs CJP on implementation of dams construction

ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) chairman Lt. Gen. (retd) Muzammil Hussain on Friday briefed Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on the construction of the Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams.

The WAPDA head is also the Chairman Implementation Committee of Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams (ICDBMD) set up on the directives of the apex court.

He briefed about the proceedings of implementation committee and the future roadmap for moving ahead to achieve milestone in stipulated time period.

He informed that secretariat of implementation committee has already been established at Islamabad and its first meeting was held on July 12.

The meeting decided to constitute five sub-committees each for both dams namely land acquisition and resettlement committee, finance committee, procurement committee, security committee and coordination committee one

The progress report will be submitted to the Supreme Court in line with directions of the apex court. The chief justice appreciated the prompt response of the implementation committee. He directed the chairman to keep the impetus for ensuring early commencement both dams.

The government has established the ‘Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams Fund’ in pursuit by the instructions of the Supreme Court. The chief justice has passed a short but historic judgement for the construction of both dams while hearing a case against water scarcity.

The fund shall receive donations and contributions from both domestic and international donors, individuals and companies, and the general public has been requested to contribute generously.

The fund has been established to overcome shortage of water and power in the country. The top judge also donate Rs1 million for the cause.

Earlier, the armed forces also announced to contribute for the purpose, as officers would contribute their two-day pay while soldiers will contribute one-day salary.

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