Gilgit-Baltistan:SC tribunal to resolve KPK-GB dispute on DBD

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ISLAMABAD (News): The government will constitute a high-powered tribunal led by chief justice of Pakistan to resolve the complicated issue of net hydel profit share between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) governments on account of construction of Diamer-Basha dam.

Chairman Wapda, Shakil Durrani confirmed to The News on Sunday that a high-powered tribunal would be constituted to resolve the issue. Without putting in place required mechanism in shape of safety guard measures related to land compensation, environment and resolving net hydel profit share, the multilateral donors consortium led by Asian Development Bank (ADB) will find it difficult to make Basha project as bankable for other donors to manage financing of $12.7 billion for its construction.

There is one achievement that Council of Common Interest (CCI) granted its approval to Diamer Basha dam that would really help achieving international support for this crucial project.

However, sources said that for construction of Diamer-Basha dam, there is a plan to construct two power houses with generation capacity of 2,250 megawatt (MW) each totaling generation capacity of 4500 MW out of which Right Bank power house will be located in GB and Left Bank power house is located in a disputed territory between KP and GB.

The upcoming tribunal will be assigned to come up with amicable solution acceptable to all parties. When contacted, ANP leader Haji Adeel, who represented the province in NFC and other relevant forums, told this correspondent on Sunday that the alignment boundary commission would be established to resolve the dispute of location where one power house station will be constructed.

He also said that he was not aware of constitution of any tribunal to resolve this issue between KP and GB. He said that another high-powered committee was established by this government to resolve the issue of net hydel profit share but no meeting has so far been held.

Dwelling upon the historical prospective on net hydel profit share demand of KPK, he said the arbitration committee gave its verdict in favour of KP for period of 1991 to 2005 which resulted into outstanding dues to the tune of Rs110 billion in favour of the province. He said it was also decided that the due amount would be given in installment so 10 percent extra would be given to KP.

He said that KP was given Rs10 billion extra during 2009-10 while the province also got Rs25 billion in 2010-11. In the ongoing fiscal year, the government has not so far paid to KP against its outstanding amount and was also giving indication to pay the outstanding amount in monthly and quarterly installments by citing economic and financial crunch.

Haji Adeel also said that the arbitration committee also accepted that Rs6 billion share of net hydel profit was on lower side so it needed to be increased. He said that KP demanded from the government to increase its share of net hydel profit to the range of Rs35 to 40 billion per annum from previous amount of Rs6 billion per annum.

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