The Committee on Water Resources took serious notice of the word ‘Unconstitutional’ used for the AGN Kazi formula related to payment of royalty on account of electricity generation in its meeting on Friday. The Committee said that the matter must be probed in detail as how it has been termed as “Unconstitutional”. The Committee termed it is an insult to Parliament. It was decided that no further action on this agenda item be taken unless this matter is cleared.
Chaired by Senator Shamim Afridi, the meeting was attended by Senator Ahmed Khan, Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Senator Sana Jamali, Senator Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah and senior officers of the Ministry of Water Resources along with all concerned. Senator Mushtaq Ahmed was a special invitee.
While discussing the feasibility of water supply from Indus River (Chasma or DI Khan point) to Zhob Division Balochistan, the Committee was informed that currently no feasibility study was being carried out. The Committee asserted that WAPDA would require a detailed feasibility report, without which it is impossible to move ahead. The Ministry assured the committee that a feasibility study would be conducted after obtaining permission from the Balochistan government. The Committee issued directions to the Government of Balochistan to facilitate the process. Chairman Committee Senator Shamim Afridi was of the opinion that the trend of dividing projects into phases must be curbed, since this the main cause for delay. The project must be given priority as a whole, he added.
While being briefed about the present status of the Kachi Canal project, the Committee was informed that the PC1 was with CDWP and the project cannot move ahead without approval. PC1 of the remaining project has been submitted to the Planning Division. The Committee recommended that it was imperative that representatives of WAPDA, Government of Balochistan and the Planning Division be present to fix responsibility and ascertain the glitches in the project. The Committee was informed that a letter was written to the above mentioned, which was not responded. The Committee noted that the Government of Bal;ochistan did not respond to summons earlier as well. It was asserted that the Government of Balochistan must be summoned in the next meeting and if fails to show representation in the next meeting; a privilege motion must be moved against it.