Skip to main content

Affectees of Mirani dam: Balochistan government grilled for not paying compensation even after 15 years


 MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN  APR 25TH, 2019  ISLAMABAD

Senate Standing Committee on Water Resources on Wednesday grilled Balochistan government for not paying compensation to the affectees of Mirani dam even after 15 years. Headed by Senator Shammim Afridi, the committee was discussing a point of public importance raised by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi regarding "compensation to the affectees of Mirani dam". Senator Mir Kabeer argued that the survey of the affectees was conducted in 2004 but compensation will be given in 2019, which is unfair. He contended that the condition of the dam affectees is like those of beggars.

The officials of provincial government informed the committee that the amount of compensation for each affectee could not be finalised in 2014 due to which the earmarked amount lapsed and no amount was earmarked for the next fiscal year.

Senator Qurat-ul-Ain Marri said that the amount is with the provincial government for the last four years but it is not releasing it to the affectees due to technical reasons.

The official informed the committee that third party verification is being conducted after the amount was handed over to the provincial government.

"Third party verification is impossible after 21 years. What can the Baloch do but get bitter," said Senator Mir Kabeer. Senator Usman Kakar who hails from Balochistan said that efforts are being made to further delay payment under the guise of verification.

Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda informed the committee that the compensation funds have been spent on other items and not released to the affectees. "Stories are being presented to the standing committee instead of paying compensation to the people," he added.

The committee expressed annoyance at the absence of senior officials of Balochistan government to provide an update on compensation. "We will send this issue to the privilege committee if Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary Irrigation and Secretary Revenue do not appear before the committee," warned Chairman Standing Committee adding that the issue can not be settled in the absence of the provincial bureaucracy.

Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), Lt-General, Muzammal Hussain (retd) briefed the committee on the 969MW Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project. He informed the committee that the project is generating 1075MW electricity instead of 969MW. He further claimed that the project was completed within Rs 474 billion (instead of Rs 503 billion) and out of the total expenditure of 474 billion, Rs 80 billion was spent on Interest During Construction (IDC) which was not part of the initial estimates, Rs 75 billion on cost escalation and Rs 70 billion rupee dollar parity as the cost was estimated at Rs 120/dollar. He argued that out of Rs 474 billion, Rs 244 billion was actually not spent on the project which implies the project was completed in Rs 220 billion. Secretary Water Resources said that a number of surprises are usual during the construction of a dam.

Senator Usman Kakar stated that if the project had been completed at the initial cost of Rs 84 billion, Rs 400 billion could have been saved. Senator Ahmed Khan proposed that tendering process should be formulated in such a way that projects are awarded only to local companies, adding that if contracts are awarded to local companies, construction industry would be revived. Senator Mir Kabeer maintained that there is no need to have dollar component in projects' cost when everything in the country is in rupees. Chairman Standing Committee, Shammim Afridi pledged to go to any lengthen to resolve Balochistan's issues.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019




https://fp.brecorder.com/2019/04/20190425467172/

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

SSG Commando Muddassir Iqbal of Pakistan Army

“ Commando Muddassir Iqbal was part of the team who conducted Army Public School operation on 16 December 2014. In this video he reveals that he along with other commandos was ordered to kill the innocent children inside school, when asked why should they kill children after killing all the terrorist he was told that it would be a chance to defame Taliban and get nation on the side. He and all other commandos killed children and later Taliban was blamed. Muddassir Iqbal has deserted the military and now he is  with mujahedeen somewhere in AF PAK border area” For authenticity of  this tape journalists can easy reach to his home town to interview his family members or   ISPR as he reveals his army service number” Asalam o Alaikum: My name is Muddassir Iqbal. My father’s name is Naimat Ali. I belong to Sialkot divison (Punjab province), my village is Shamsher Poor and district, tehsil and post office  Narowal. Unfortunately I was working in Pakistan army. I feel embarrassed to tell yo

CPEC Jobs in Pakistan, salary details

JOBS...نوکریاں چائنہ کمپنی میں Please help the deserving persons... Salary: Salary package in China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in these 300,000 jobs shall be on daily wages. The details of the daily wages are as follows; Welder: Rs. 1,700 daily Heavy Duty Driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Mason: Rs. 1,500 daily Helper: Rs. 850 daily Electrician: Rs. 1,700 daily Surveyor: Rs. 2,500 daily Security Guard: Rs. 1,600 daily Bulldozer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Concrete mixer machine operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Roller operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Steel fixer: Rs. 2,200 daily Iron Shuttering fixer: Rs. 1,800 daily Account clerk: Rs. 2,200 daily Carpenter: Rs. 1,700 daily Light duty driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Labour: Rs. 900 daily Para Engine mechanic: Rs. 1,700 daily Pipe fitter: Rs. 1,700 daily Storekeeper: Rs. 1,700 daily Office boy: Rs. 1,200 daily Excavator operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Shovel operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Computer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Security Supervisor: Rs.

A ‘European Silk Road’

publication_icon Philipp Heimberger ,  Mario Holzner and Artem Kochnev wiiw Research Report No. 430, August 2018  43 pages including 10 Tables and 17 Figures FREE DOWNLOAD The German version can be found  here . In this study we argue for a ‘Big Push’ in infrastructure investments in greater Europe. We propose the building of a European Silk Road, which connects the industrial centres in the west with the populous, but less developed regions in the east of the continent and thereby is meant to generate more growth and employment in the short term as well as in the medium and long term. After its completion, the European Silk Road would extend overland around 11,000 kilometres on a northern route from Lisbon to Uralsk on the Russian-Kazakh border and on a southern route from Milan to Volgograd and Baku. Central parts are the route from Lyon to Moscow in the north and from Milan to Constanţa in the south. The southern route would link Central Europe with the Black Sea area and