LAKKI MARWAT: The elders of Lakki Marwat at a Jirga on Tuesday demanded the government to initiate work on second phase of Kurram-Tangi Dam without delay.

Elders from different parts of the district attended the Jirga which was headed by District Nazim Iqbal Hussain. Participants of the Jirga said the Chief Justice of Pakistan has established a fund for construction of new dams in Pakistan which is a good step. They said the government of Prime Minister Imran is also giving attention to construction of new dams.

The elders said the millions of hectors land in Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Karak and North Waziristan will become fertile after construction of Kurram-Tangi Dam. They said the dam besides producing 84 megawatts electricity will also bring green revolution in the southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Jirga participants expressed concern over reduction of water level in Kurram and Gambila rivers due to which their lands have become barren and the area people are facing water shortage. They said the government should immediately commence work on second phase of the dam to resolve these problems.

They said they hope that the work on the dam will be initiated without further delay. However, they said they will initiate protests if work on the dam was delayed further.