Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Muzammil Hussain told the Senate Committee on Water Resources on Wednesday, that WAPDA has completed various overdue projects in the last two years including Tarbella-IV, Golan Gol, Neelmu-Jhelum despite severe issues of scarcity of funds, adding that construction work on Mohmand and Diamer Bhasha dams would commence respectively from February and May 2019.
Briefing the Senate panel, he said “The Baluchistan has the network to distribute only 10,000-acre feet water while 62,000-acre feet water could not be distributed, owing to the absence of distribution system.” “Wapda has asked Balochistan government to assign it the task to construct Naulong Dam,” he added.
Out of the 36 projects of Balochistan, 32 projects were approved in the PSDP. Rs22 billion have so far been spent on constructing water reservoirs [in the province] and Rs47.3 billion would be spent during the current year, he said.
The official told the Senate body that the cost of K-4 project of Karachi had jumped up from Rs14 billion to Rs74 billion. The project would not complete in the next 20 years if funds are not available, he added.
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17 November, 2019