Mehmood pointed out that the surcharge, imposed at the rate of 10 paisa per unit, only met 10% of total expenditures and there were no arrangements for the remaining 90% expenses as the Saudi Fund, Kuwait Fund and other institutions had backed out of their commitments.
On the occasion, the Wapda chairman asked committee members to visit the project site to see the progress. They are expected to pay the visit after August.
Senator Nisar Muhammad Khan emphasised the need for early completion of the project of national importance.
Committee members aired their reservations about the establishment of an inquiry committee on Munda Dam and said officials of the Planning Commission and finance ministry had assured of completion of the project after getting opinion of the law ministry.
“Water distribution is the sole responsibility of Irsa and Wapda cannot interfere in it,” he stated categorically.