NA: (Construction work on Dasu Dam to be executed in few months: NA told)

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the National Assembly on Thursday that construction work on Dasu Dam project will be executed in the next few months.

He told the House during question hour that as per PC-I, the project cost is Rs 486,093.30 million. He said the World Bank has approved the financing of Stage-I of Dasu Hydropower project.

He informed the House that work on Munda Dam will also be started by the end of this year. He said the dam is in study phase and its detailed engineering design, preparation of PC-I and tender documents are in progress.

Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi told the House that it is a fact Pakistan Steel Mills has been stopped functioning due to the non-supply of gas for more than seven months.

He said the Pakistan Steel Mills is also on the privatization list of the government. He said the Federal Government also offered Sindh Government to buy this entity.

Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar told the House that there are about eight million cases suffering from Hepatitis C in the country.

She said about eighty thousand die each year due to liver disease. She said the government is negotiating with the Shifa International Hospital on a package for liver transplant under Prime Minister’s National Health Programme.

She pointed out that a liver transplant facility will be established in the country in cooperation with Bahrain. Answering a question, Minister of State for Interior Mohammad Balighur Rehman on behalf of Minister for Religious Affairs informed the House the government is considering to reduce the Hajj package this year.

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