Kalabagh Dam construction case: SC seeks reply from federal govt within 15 days

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday sought a reply from the federal government within 15 days on a petition regarding the construction of Kalabagh Dam.

Kalabagh Dam is a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Indus River, which, if constructed would have 3,600 megawatts electricity generation capacity.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar took up the plea filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party.

During the hearing, Justice Umar Ata Bandial observed that there was no doubt that the dam should be constructed but provinces are yet to reach a consensus on this issue.

Earlier in 2016, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea of Engineers Forum about the construction of Kalabagh Dam.

A three-member bench headed by then-chief justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali disposed of the case saying that the construction was postponed due to technical grounds.

The court further remarked that the issue of Kalabagh Dam was being politicised and that three provinces are not in favour of its construction.

The court also stated that it will not interfere in policy matters as no one’s right is undermined whether the dam is constructed or not.