PMIK Delays Laying Foundation Stone Of Jalalpur Canal, Orders Payments To Landowners

Prime Minister Imran Khan has postponed the foundation laying of the 115.7km-long Jalalpur Canal till December 26th.

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  • Previously, Prime Minister Imran Khan was expected to lay the foundation stone for Jalalpur Canal on December 13th.
  • PM Khan has also ordered the officials to make payments to those landowners, whose lands have been attained for the proposed canal.
  • The cost required for the land was estimated at Rs2.98 billion

Landlords

 Prime Minister Imran Khan has postponed the foundation laying ceremony of the 115.7km-long Jalalpur Canal till December 26th due to the clash with the landlords. Moreover, he directed all the concerning departments to resolve all issues affecting the land acquisition for the canal.

As reported by sources, “PM Khan has ordered the concerned departments to acquire the required land for the canal, which would help irrigate the areas of Pind Dadan Khan as well as parts of Khushab”.

PM Khan has also ordered the officials to make payments to those landlords, whose lands have been attained for the proposed canal.

Previously, Prime Minister Imran Khan was expected to lay the foundation stone for Jalalpur Canal on December 13th. A grand ceremony was also planned by the Punjab Irrigation Department, and other concerned departments of the Punjab government.

However, the PM has refused to lay the foundation stone until “an amicable solution to land acquisition issues” is achieved.

A total of 8,342 acres of land was to be acquired for Jalalpur Irrigation Project (JIP). It includes 6,965 acres in Jhelum and 1,377 acres in Khushab.

However, the cost required for the land was estimated at Rs2.98 billion. Nearly Rs2.6 billion were released and used in PC-1 by June 2019.

Approximately 228 acres of land were to be attained in Jhelum, nearly 6,737 acres of land in Pind Dadan Khan, while some 1,767 acres of land were to be obtained in Khushab for the canal.


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