Rehabilitation for Mangla Dam project victims begins next month
12 May 2007
The Daily Times
Mirpur: The resettlement and rehabilitation of over 43,000 people affected by the ongoing raising of the Mangla Dam will begin next month, said Mangla Dam Resettlement and Rehabilitation Organisation Commissioner Engineer Chaudhry Amir Afzal on Saturday in a press conference. Afzal said that WAPDA had directed them to give two residential sectors, currently under construction in the Mirpur Garden City, and two model towns one each in Siakh and Dadayal in September this year to the people affected by the Mangla Dam raising project, adding that two towns one each in Chakswari and Islamgarh would also be allotted to them next month. The New Mirpur City and other four model towns are being constructed for the affected people, he added. According to official figures, the dam raising project will affect a total of 43,771 people in 802 houses. Afzal said the evacuation of affected families would begin only after completion of the development projects. He said WAPDA had also informed that initially drinking water in these new residential areas would be provided through tankers and permanent arrangements would be made later. Afzal said a total of 113 villages would be affected by the project and that Rs 600 million had so far been disbursed among the affected people of 68 villages. He said an estimated total of 10.06 billion had been disbursed among the affected people, adding that Rs 1.53 billion had so far been disbursed among over 75 percent people previously affected by the dam raising. He said both recent and previous affectees were been dealt with simultaneously.