Rehabilitation of Mangla dam affectees begins on emergency grounds

The phased rehabilitation and resettlement of over 50,000 affectees of Mangla dam raising project had begun on emergency grounds and would be completed by December 31 this year, official sources said.

Since over 90 per cent of affectees of the project had so far been compensated with stipulated financial relief and other means at New city and four small towns in the district, WAPDA was all set to raise water level in the reservoir to the level of 1210 feet by the mid of next month (September) at the first leg of the project, the divisional Commissioner Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Raja told APP late Wednesday.

The ongoing process of resettlement and rehabilitation of Mangla dam affectees is all set to be completed by the stipulated day of December 31, this year, since the construction work for raising of the dam has, by now, completed.

Besides the divisional and district administration, Mangla Dam Resettlement Organization, WAPDA and its concerned contractors as well as various nation building departments were actively engaged in providing necessary facilities and assistance to the dam affectees for their rapid shifting to the new locations of their residences in New Mirpur city.

The AJK government had already started implementing the compensation package for the affectees, the sources said.

They added that since the government was taking full care of the sacrifices of the masses of the district, the dam affectees would be served with complete compensation under the already-reached agreement.
They further said various mega projects of public welfare including over Rs. Five billion greater water supply and sewerage projects would be launched in the district under an extensive phased program – for which the federal government had provided the required funds.

The sources continued that the population of remote and far-flung areas of AJK would also be provided latest amenities of life at par with the dwellers of the urban areas since the government was bent upon to extend due attention to ameliorate the life style of the common man harmonious to the needs of the modern era, the sources added.