Petition on KBD: government trying to exploit domestic resources, LHC told
August 31, 2012: The federal government here Thursday told to the Lahore High Court that it had been pursuing all ways and means to exploit indigenous resources for generating electricity, including alternate and hydropower portfolio. The ministry of water and power said this in a written reply submitted to the court with regard to hearing of a petition seeking construction of Kala Bagh Dam (KBD) to end the power crisis in the country.
It said that the federal government and Wapda are actively pursuing hydropower projects in both public and private sectors utilising the indigenous resources of water which is likely to enhance significantly the hydropower electric supply to the national grid.
It further said the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and Parliament have been provided with requisite powers and functions under Article 153 and 155 of the Constitution to address and resolve the kind of polycentric issues which were being raised in the instant petition. There were relevant forums of Parliament and CCI available for resolution of such issues, it added. The ministry also urged the court to dismiss the petition. The Chief Justice adjourned hearing till September 13 and directed the government to apprise about the benefits of Kala Bagh Dam project.
Wapda had already informed the court that except Punjab, all the provinces had objections on the construction of KBD. It said the objections of the provinces were baseless and based on lack of information. Wapda further said the provinces were told that construction of KBD was vital and it could be constructed within six years. Advocate Syed Feroz Shah Gillani had filed the petition and stated that former caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Wapda ex-chairman Shamsul Mulk in a statement said KBD was not an issue of Punjab alone but a matter of the country’s survival.