Rs 25 billion released for construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam, NA informed

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that 25 billion rupees have been released for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam. Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during Question Hour that the process of land acquisition is about to be completed and the government wants to complete this project from its own resources. However, some donor agencies have also expressed their interest to finance this project.

Abid Sher Ali said that the Prime Minister will perform groundbreaking of Diamer-Bhasha and Dasu Dams in November this year. He assured that no controversial dam will be constructed without evolving consensus.

The Minister of State said the government is giving top priority to the construction of dams to produce cheap electricity.

He said the first phase of Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project will be completed by the end of next year, which will add 253 MW of electricity to the national grid.

Similarly, the government plans to construct Munda Dam. This 800 megawatt project will also help irrigate the barren land. The government has allocated 600 million rupees for this project in the current financial year.

Responding to a call attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that the government and private hospitals are properly disposing off their waste material.

He said a new incinerator is being installed at Poly Clinic hospital which will become functional in the next forty five days. He said new incinerators will also be installed at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in the next financial year in view of the high burden of patients on the hospital.

To another call attention notice regarding offences committed by hardened absconders from abroad, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior and Narcotics Marryam Aurangzeb told the House that the Sindh government has forwarded documents to the Interior Ministry regarding one absconder Uzair Baloch. The red warrant against Uzair Baloch might be issued today after verification of these documents.

Meanwhile,the National Assembly passed a unanimous resolution expressing grief and sorrow over the deaths of coal mine workers in Turkey. The resolution moved by Syed Naveed Qamar expressed deepest sympathies with the bereaved families.

The resolution wish early recovery of trapped Turkish miners. Expressing solidarity with the Turkish government, the resolution urged the government to extend all possible cooperation to the friendly countries to deal with the tragedy.

The House also unanimously passed another resolution condemning attacks on worship places of minorities in Larkana, Hyderabad, Tharparkar and Shikarpur.

The resolution moved by Ramesh Kumar said necessary steps should be taken to safeguard worship places of the minorities. It urged that the places should be registered forthwith and security personnel should be deployed to avert further attacks on minorities’ worship places.

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