Asad directs to compensate affectees of Ghazi Barotha Power Project

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 7 (APP):Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Friday directed the Ministry of Water Resources to compensate the people affected by the Ghazi Barotha Power Project.The Speaker expressed these views while chairing a meeting regarding compensation to the affectees of Ghazi Barotha Power Project, said a press release issued here.
He said the country was facing acute scarcity of water due to the lack of dams and before the construction of any of dam, it is imperative to resolve the hardships of the local inhabitant of the area where a dam is planned to construct.
The meeting was attended by Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, Member National Assembly Umer Ayub Khan, Senator Saif Ali Khan, members of provincial assemblies, representatives of local governments of Haripur, Attock and Swabi as well as Secretary Water Resource, Chairman WAPDA and high-ups of IRSA.
The Speaker said the underground water level had declined and irrigation system was affected badly due to construction of Ghazi Barotha project. He said that besides agriculture, environment and employment were also ruined. He said that affectees of Ghazi Barotha project were not compensated so far.  The Speaker said that survey of the area should be conducted again and ensue the payment of compensation to affectees accordingly.
The Speaker directed the management of Water Resources and WAPDA to take steps to enhance the water follow,devise a mechanism for rehabilitation of area, construct the park alongside the lake to promote the tourism and conduct new survey and make arrangement for potable water for inhabitants of the affected area.  He also directed for the immediate payment of compensation to the affectees.
Asad Qaiser directed to constitute a committee to resolve the issues of the people of the area. The committee will comprise off representatives of local people, high-ups of the Ministry of Water and Power, WAPDA and IRSA. The committee will formulate its term of references and give suggestion to address the problems of people of the area.
On this occasion, Malik Amin Aslam said that trees will be planted both sides of the project to improve the environment of the area.
Umer Ayub said that 41 kilometers areas consist of 180 big and small villages have affected due to construction of this project. He further said that due to this project, the irrigation system and fisheries also destroyed.
The Secretary Water Resources said that problems of the people of the areas should be resolved before commencement of any project. He said that the survey conducted in past for compensation to the affectees of Ghazi Brotha Power project is not applicable therefore, the new survey will be conducted for payment of compensation to the affectees.
The Chairman WAPDA said that in future, the foreign consultant will not be hired for any project of WAPDA. He said that local consultants are much talented and have awareness with ground realities and the problem faced by the local community.