Pakistan Diemer-Bhasha Dam Scam: A proposed dam in Pakistan has recently experienced the worst flooding in its history. Due to this many parts of the country have been submerged. However, many climate experts have blamed climate change for the floods. For this, the finger has also been pointed at the heavy dams of the country.
The Diamer-Bhasha Dam on the Indus River can prove to be one of the largest dams in Pakistan and can also have the capacity to handle the problem of floods to a great extent. However, a strange case has come in the headlines regarding this dam.
what is the whole matter
According to a report, the Diamer-Bhasha dam being built on the Indus river has been embroiled in a scam. The dam was being built on the Indus River in Gilgit-Baltistan. A report by the Parliamentary Affairs Committee (PAC) of Pakistan has revealed that the government had raised approximately $ 40 million (3 billion 180 million) for the construction of the dam, but about $ 63 million (approximately $ 63 million) on its advertisement. 5 billion 2 crore) was spent. Because of which it is nowhere near completion.
History of Diemer-Bhasha Dam
The dam is located on the Indus River in Gilgit-Baltistan, which is in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The dam was originally scheduled to be completed in the 1980s. The project also faced territorial disputes with India and protests from local people, and the project was delayed due to reasons such as environmental impact and rising costs.
Then, in 2018, former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar set up a fund for the construction of the dam and started accepting donations from the people of Pakistan. By then the cost had risen to $14 billion. People were also promised that this would benefit in future.
Who had contributed
The contribution was not only from the public, but also from the country’s cricket team and top musicians. The military and many government employees gave up a part of their salaries to provide $1 billion (79 billion).
In 2018, Imran Khan, who was the Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time. He assumed the joint leadership of the fund. Imran Khanwho was then the Prime Minister of Pakistan, assumed the joint leadership of the Fund.
What did former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar say?
When Nisar retired in 2019, there was a shortfall of approximately $6.3 billion (500 million). But his latest statement shook the people of the country. The now-retired Chief Justice said the fund was not actually for building a dam, but for raising awareness.
Pakistan’s influential what people said
The allegations of corruption soon surfaced and many influential Pakistanis started speaking against him. A member of the Pakistan National Assembly, Ahsan Iqbal claimed that the amount spent on advertising for the dam fund was more than that.
Last month, the PAC had summoned the former Chief Justice to clarify about the dam fund set up in his stipulated time. In fact, when the Diamer-Bhasha dam was built, its height would have been 272 meters and its power generation capacity was expected to be 4,500 MW.