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Dams committee discusses acquisition of land, other issues

ISLAMABAD: Implementation Committee of Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams (ICBDMD) reviewed the report of subcommittees on land acquisition and resettlement of the affectees.

The second meeting of the Implementation Committee of Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams (ICBDMD) was held on Friday.

The meeting, chaired by ICDBMD / WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (R), was attended by the Members of the implementation committee.

The Co-opted members including Additional Secretary (External Finance), Joint Secretary (EAD), Joint Secretary (Interior) and Secretary (Implementation and Coordination) Gilgit Baltistan were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the meeting WAPDA chairman said that the committee is committed to accomplishing the task assigned to it by the Supreme Court for early commencement and timely completion of Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Projects.

He said that the committee has been zealously working to weigh various options for the purpose.

The chairman expressed satisfaction over the prompt response of the Sub-Committees, constituted during the first meeting of ICDBMD on July 12, for identifying the issues and coming up with the solutions.

Later, the sub-committees presented their reports in the meeting. The Sub-committees for land acquisition and resettlement briefed the meeting about the current status of the land acquisition and resettlement of both Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams, the impediments in the way to completion of land acquisition and resettlement processes, the ways and means for completion of land acquisition and resettlement with defined timelines.

sub-committee for procurement and implementation apprised the meeting of their analyses regarding procurement strategies and processes, proposed measures for their timely completion by identifying the issues and defining the redressal mechanism with timelines.

The sub-Committee for projects’ financing informed the meeting about the measures required to achieve financial close of Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Projects in time, the identified gaps in arranging the requisite financing and suggested timelines to ensure financial close with earliest possible dates.

The sub-committees for security shared with the participants the security measures needed for timely completion of the projects.

The sub-committee for coordination briefed the meeting about the proposed mechanism to provide legal advice, logistic support and ancillary services to the Implementation Committee.

The implementation committee thoroughly reviewed the presentations of the sub-committees and made recommendations to finalize their reports. NNI

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