Clarity in KBD's technical points a must: Khurram Dastgir
Federal Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir said on Wednesday that clarity must be ensured in all technical points of the Kala Bagh Dam (KBD) so as to decide about its construction.
He was talking to the media after addressing an inaugural session of a seminar 'Engineers - A Complete Solution Provider to Energy Crisis' conducted by the Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Pakistan (IEEEP) here at WAPDA House Auditorium.
To a question, Khurram Dastgir said political differences on the KBD were actually because of non-clarity in technical points of the dam, adding that crystal clear technical aspects will definitely help ascertain whether dam was dangerous for any city or not and would it affect the water system/distribution among the provinces.
To another question, he said every problem/issue had multiple solutions and the KBD was one solution to energy and water shortage, adding that politicians would finally resolve this issue, once all ambiguities and differences in technical points were removed. To another query, he said since 2014, Pakistan had not been talking to India on matters pertaining to bilateral trade. It has also been conveyed to India that there will be no trade talks till restoration of normal relations at diplomatic level, he added.
The minister said the nation was now united under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, adding that its reflection was very clear in all parts of Pakistan especially in Balochistan and on Chaman Border on this Independence Day. Earlier, addressing the seminar, the minister said Pakistan was definitely running a short of energy but the PML-N government took it as a challenge and embarked upon a number of power projects ,including Diamir-Bhasha Dam, Dasu Dam, Tarbela Power House Extension, and many more.
With sincere and continuous efforts of the present government, he added, power generation was no more an issue, however, the focus was on cost-effective generation to ensure provision of inexpensive electricity to consumers of all categories.
Khurram Dastgir said: "The nations, which entrusted responsibility of any project to experts/relevant individuals- be it engineers, doctors etc, developed themselves at a faster pace."The minister encouraged engineers to design at their own projects of Pakistan's development and prosperity of its people, assuring his full support to them in this regard.