Clar­ity in KBD's tech­ni­cal points a must: Khur­ram Dast­gir

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­porter

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.

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