Building water reservoirs has become inevitable for country's existence: CJP
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has said construction of water reservoirs has become inevitable for the existence and sustenance of the country.
He was hearing a case pertaining to Kalabagh Dam in Islamabad today.
The Chief Justice said the three provincial assemblies have passed resolutions against Kalabagh Dam and we do not want breach in the brotherhood of provinces.
The Chief Justice, however, said that the country requires new dams and the apex court will play its role in this regard.
Mian Saqib Nisar said a commission or a committee will be constituted to discuss the matter and find solution. He said we should concentrate on the projects on which there is no controversy.
He regretted that people do not have access to clean drinking water while the agriculture sector has also been affected by water scarcity.
Former Chairman WAPDA Shamsul Mulk appeared before the court today and gave a detailed briefing about different dams.
He said Pakistan has not built any major water reservoir since Tarbela and Mangla dams. He said this was a criminal negligence on part of the relevant authorites.
He said while Pakistan lacks behind India has constructed 4500 dams and China 22000 dams.