Supreme Court seeks timeframe for construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam


From  Parvez Jutt

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has sought the timeframe from Wapda for construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam. He said that the court’s decision on Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams has become final as no review petition was filed against it.

In a hearing on the matter yesterday, Justice Nisar said that an implementation bench has been constituted to overview the matter. Justice Nisar asked the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) about the timeframe and the phases of the construction of the dam.

The implementation bench will ensure completion of the work according to the timeframe, the court said. The Supreme Court and judges will also be accountable and not a single penny of the Dams Fund will be allowed to be spent on any other work, the chief justice said.

Chief Justice Nisar said that Attorney General will be the focal person of the implementation bench. The chief justice said that the objective of getting funds for the dam was meant to launch a campaign for building dams.

He said the court should be informed about any obstacle in the construction of the dam. The bench also asked about the required amount for building of the dam. The court sought the details about how and from where the funds will be arranged.


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