Over 32,000 Acre land acquired for Diamer Bhasha Dam project: NA informed

Over 32,000 Acre land acquired for Diamer Bhasha Dam project: NA informed

Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda says government is continuously striving for development of water reservoirs in the country.

Replying to a question during Question Hour in the National Assembly this evening, he said informed the House that 32,139 acres of land has been acquired for Diamer Bhasha Dam which is 86% of the total land to be acquired.

Minister for Water Resources said 31,977 acres has been acquired in Gilgit Baltistan and 162 acres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said the government through its executing agency WAPDA has completed Mangla Dam Raising, Gomal Zam Dam, Satpara Dam and Darawat Dam to store water with a total storage capacity of 3.91 Million Acre Feet. He said Diamer Bhasha Dam, Mohmand Dam, Kurram Tangi Dam and Nai Gaj Dam are at implementation stage.

Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri responding to a question said madaris have a crucial role in construction, development and moral values of our society.He said Pakistan Madrasah Board could not become functional because Wafaqs and Tanzeemat did not nominate their representatives on the board and refused to adopt the government initiative.

Responding to another question, he said two thousand riyals as fee has been imposed by Saudi government on pilgrims who offer Umra for the second or multiple times. This fee has been levied on repeat Umra performers of all nationalities.

Taking the floor, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif criticized the consideration of a single bid by PTI government of Mohmand Dam project.

He said the decision reflects conflict of interest, where the other parties were not given equal opportunities.

Shahbaz Sharif said when the government of PML-N started its tenure in 2013, the country was in the grip of darkness due to long hours of load-shedding. The then government while starting and awarding projects, thoroughly followed Public Procurement Regulatory Authority rules.

Shahbaz Sharif demanded to take the issue at the floor of the assembly and refer it to the House Committee.