1.91 Billion Deducted From Noulong Dam

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has to pay Rs. 1.916 billion deducted from the account of Naulong Dam, forthwith and Government of Balochistan and Government of Sindh have to pay the outstanding dues of water prices to Hub Dam.

These instructions had been passed by the Standing Committee on Water Resources in its assembly. The assembly of the Committee become held withinside the Committee Room of the Ministry of Water Resources beneath neath the Chairmanship of honorable Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA.

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The Standing Committee become knowledgeable that the Government of Pakistan approved the project of Naulong Dam in 2009. Thereafter, all of the formalities were fulfilled, and while finances had been launched for the Naulong Dam, the FBR deducted Rs. 1.916 billion from the account of Naulong Dam with no valid floor and changed the amount against the receivables from WAPDA.

Consequently, the paintings of Naulong Dam couldn't be started. So, an important national project has been delayed. The consultant of FBR become of the view that Naulong Dam becomes a project of WAPDA. So, the receivables from WAPDA could be deducted from the masses of money owed of WAPDA. Hence, FBR deducted and acquired the amount from the account of Naulong Dam.

The Standing Committee confirmed critical displeasure and declared that FBR has to now no longer deduct finances from the Public Sector Development Projects. Moreover, it becomes knowledgeable that Lahore High Court had already directed FBR to go back this amount, but FBR has taken a brand new position.

According to FBR, now the income tax has been imposed, therefore, they would adjust the amount deducted from the account of Naulong Dam towards the income tax imposed on WAPDA. On the opposite hand, the Ministry of Water Resources, whilst briefing the Standing Committee, knowledgeable that because finances were once sanctioned for Naulong Dam and equal had been deducted.

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The Standing Committee directed the FBR to without delay go back those finances to the Naulong Dam project and directed WAPDA to without delay pay its different dues to the FBR. However, the FBR has also been directed to go back the money immediately without awaiting different WAPDA finances to arrive. Failing this, it will be assumed that the put-off in the creation of the Naulong Dam would be attributed to FBR.

The Standing Committee become knowledgeable that the Hub Dam become constructed 40 years ago, and it becomes determined that two-0.33 of its water would be given to Sindh and one-third to Balochistan. It was also decided that the fee for the development of Hub Dam would be paid by Sindh Government and Balochistan Government to WAPDA, but both governments have failed to fulfill their commitments.

In addition, 40 years ago, it becomes determined that the month-to-month expenditure for the Hub Dam would be Rs. three million, out of which Rs.1 million by Balochistan Province, but both Governments have paid very negligible amounts for this purpose. However, Balochistan will pay higher than Sindh. Representatives of the Balochistan government dedicated that the final dues would be paid within six months to WAPDA.

No consultant of the Sindh Government’s water board attended the assembly. Therefore, the Standing Committee took the stern word of this and directed the Chairman and different officials of the Water Board to wait for the next meeting of the Standing Committee. Otherwise, prison action would be taken towards them.

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The assembly becomes presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Water Resources, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, and attended by Members National Assembly, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Naureen Farooq Ibrahim, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed (thru Video Link), Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari and Mr. Afreen Khan. Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources, become also gift withinside the assembly. The assembly becomes also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Chairman, IRSA, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Special Secretary, Irrigation Department, Sindh, and senior city officials.

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