MIRANSHAH: THe elders of Kabal Khel tribe on Wednesday announced to resist Kurram Tangi Dam Phase II construction as according to them the dam would submerge the whole area inhibitated by the tribe.
The decision was taken in tribal jirga held here at Shawa area in which member national Assembly Mohsin Dawar also participated.
Dawar while talking to the protesters ensured them that he will support the demands of the Kabal Khel elders and has already submitted a resolution in the National Assembly against the construction of Phase II of Kurram Tangi dam.
Malik Shah Jehan, Malik Rashid, Malik Mujib and other tribal elders addressed the Jirga and expressed the fear that their area will come under water and they will have to face a loss worth billion rupees if the dam was constructed.
The jirga members decided that they would accept the construction of the dam at the cost of thier precious lands. They maintained that the future of their generations is at stake that is why they have gathered and are demanding the government not to construct the dam until their grievances are removed.
The Jirga members said the federal government has not announced compensation package for those who woukd be affected due to construction and said that compensation announced for some people is also not acceptable to them. The Jirga members asked the government that there are dozens of other such projects in the country and it would be better for the federal government to focus on it and stop wasting time on Kurram Tangi Dam as they aren’t going to allow its construction.
The foundation stone of Kurram Tangi Dam was laid by the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2017. The dam will have the capacity to generate 83.4 megawatts of electricity and would be helpful to protect the agriculture land and populated areas from flooding. The dam is being constructed with the financial support of USAID which has announced that with the construction of phase first, 16 MW of power will be added to the national grid and will irrigate 16,000 acres land.