The National Assembly Approves Resolution for the Construction of New Dams Across Pakistan
Although the water crisis has been going on for quite some time now, the National Assembly has finally approved a resolution on Tuesday for the construction of new dams in the country.
While speaking in the house, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “The whole nation agrees that we are facing a major water crisis. The country will plunge into darkness if new water reservoirs are not made.”
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, Imran Khan further assured the press, “If Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies oppose the construction of Kalabagh Dam then we will respect their reservations.”
However, MNA’s Nawab Muhammad Yousuf staged a protest against the construction of the Kalabagh Dam meanwhile Pakistan Peoples Party expressed some reservations on the matter.
“We approve of the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dam but not of Kalabagh Dam,” Talpur said.
Construction of new dams should not be politicised: Khawaja Asif
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Khawaja Asif supported the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dam. He stated that collecting funds for the construction of dams is a positive step.
“The matter of construction of dams should not be politicised,” he further added.
Asif also stated that the water policy was already signed by all four provinces in April 2018, which included the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dam. “The agreement clarifies everything regarding the dam,” he added.
The now PML-N leader added, “The water policy issue was under consideration since 2013 and was finally resolved in 2018 and the credit for that goes to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)”.
Asif also went into some details, “Rs150 billion were spent on Bhasha Dam of which Rs122 billion was the cost of land and Rs23 billion were fixed for it annually.”
“The dam will be completed in nine years. However, if you want to speed its construction then the yearly cost will go up from Rs23 billion to Rs40 billion but it will be completed in the next five to six years,” he warned.
Furthermore, Asif also stressed that along with dams, water reservoirs should also be constructed.
Governments Came and Went, No Solution Was Made: Qureshi
Responding to Asif, Qureshi stated, “There is no confusion regarding the construction of dams. All four provinces signed an agreement in 1991 in this regard and we accept that as well as the agreement mentioned by Asif.”
He further expressed how an unnecessary discussion has been created, the point of view from all four provinces needs to be respected.
The foreign minister further said, “In the last 40 years, governments came and went but no headway was made.”
“For the first time, the chief justice and prime minister sought help from the nation and for the first time the nation is extending support on such a matter which is why there is no confusion regarding the construction of dams,” he added.
“Pakistan’s future will be dark if the issue of dams is not resolved,” Qureshi concluded.