Will eliminate unauthorised encroachments: Commissioner Mirpur

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Mirpur: Commissioner Chaudhry Shaukat Ali has emphasized that the affected residents of Mangla Dam have made significant sacrifices twice for Pakistan’s economic and infrastructural development by relinquishing their homes to water reservoirs. However, concerns regarding Mangla Dam’s safety and ongoing issues persist, as reported by WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority).

In order to address these concerns and ensure the safety of the dam, a joint survey involving WAPDA and administrative officials, including revenue officers, will be conducted to identify and rectify illegal encroachments and violations on WAPDA-owned lands. Following this survey, actions will be taken to eliminate unauthorized encroachments and violations on WAPDA’s land.

Regarding the issues related to WAPDA and development work in the towns built for the affected residents, efforts will be made to expedite the completion of remaining developmental projects to alleviate concerns and reservations about Mangla Dam among the affected individuals. Commissioner Chaudhry Shaukat Ali made these remarks while presiding over a high-level meeting of WAPDA Mangla officials.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Chaudhry Amjad Ali, GM WAPDA Mangla Safdar Ali Khan, retired Major Tariq Mahmood, Collector Mangla Dam Affairs Raja Tariq Mahmood Khan, Chief Engineer/PD Riaz Khalid, Deputy Director Security Imran Babar, Deputy Director Legal Muhammad Kamran Khursheed, Assistant Commissioner Mirpur Imran Yousaf, Tehsildar Mangla Dam Affairs Humam Shafique Kayani, Executive Engineer Muhammad Khalil, and Information Officer Muhammad Javaid Malik.

Apart from addressing the issue of illegal encroachments on WAPDA’s land, the meeting also involved detailed discussions on other matters, including the resettlement of affected residents of Mangla Dam, the completion of pending compensation settlements, population growth in towns built for the affected residents, and various other issues. WAPDA was urged to promptly resolve these issues to ensure the well-being and peace of mind of the affected individuals in relation to Mangla Dam.

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