Islamabad: As per the latest news, the Supreme Court’s attention was drawn on Thursday to the unabated infrastructure growth around the dam and catchment area of Rawalpindi’s much-needed Dadhocha Dam.
“The work for the construction of Dadhocha Dam has been commenced, but the development work of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Valley and Phase-II Extension in the pondage and catchment area has not been stopped as ordered by the apex court through its Aug 27, 2015 order,” according to a two-page application filed by retired Lt Col Mohammad Tariq Kamal, a Rawalpindi resident.
The petitioner pleaded that the matter was of greater public importance, involving the construction of the DHA Valley, Phase-II Extension Housing Project, in his application for an early hearing of an earlier request for initiating contempt of court proceedings against delinquent Punjab government officials.
According to the petitioner, Messers Habib Rafique developers had formed a joint venture with Bahria Town Pvt Ltd to shape up various real estate housing projects; the pond area of the dam was the same site where these developers were building DHA Valley – a controversial project that was designed to provide housing facilities for soldiers, junior commissioned officers, and family of martyrs.
The irrigation department engaged consultants to step forward with the project after the feasibility report for Dadhocha dam was approved in 2013-14. The Small Dams Organisation conducted a pre-feasibility study of the site no. 1 in 2002, which remained under consideration for dam construction, according to the study. To secure the area needed for the proposed project, a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act 1894 was also released on November 3, 2010.