On Tuesday the Punjab Government has declined the offer of Bahria Town to construct Dadocha Dam. The reason for declining the offer as given by the government of Punjab is that the government would be building the dam itself.
The offer was declined during a case hearing in the Supreme Court about the Dadocha Dam construction.
A 3-member bench of the apex court, led by Justice Azmat Saeed and consisting of Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, heard the case.
During the case proceedings, the Punjab Irrigation Department representative said that the dam would be constructed by the government itself and that the construction work would be completed by the December 2021.
The secretary Irrigation Department informed that the experts of government considered the offer of Bahria Town in detail. He added that a total of 108 questions were raised on the proposal of Bahria Town by the technical experts.
He said that the government would be fulfilling the court orders on the matter in letter and in spirit. He mentioned that the dam would be constructed within 2 and ½ years.
The case was disposed of after the government gave assurance that the dam would be built in the provided time.
It is important to mention that on the 4th of August 2015, the SC in the Suo Motu case, had instructed the government of Punjab to build the dam at the originally suggested location.
Soon after these orders, the provincial government had barred the sale and the purchase of land in the area and later gave funds for the construction of the dam in its yearly development plan for 2017-18.
On the orders of the apex court, the Punjab government in 2017 started the process of building a dam at a cost of Rs7billion for overcoming the water scarcity issues in Rawalpindi.