GHALLANAI, 23 September: Construction work on Gandao Small Dam could not be resumed four years after workers refused to work due to law and order in the agency. The dam was being constructed to store water and provide clean drinking water to local residents who have been facing water shortage since decades.
The non-completion of the dam and construction of tub-wells led to depletion of underground water level that further aggravated non-availability of drinking water in the areas.
The dam that would cost Rs449.470 million was supposed to be completed in 2015 but construction work was stopped after militant attacked it, killing three of its workers including the contractor on February 17, 2013. Since then, four years have passed and peace restored in the area but the government is yet to resume work.
Talking to Tribal News Network, local residents said that several tube-wells and dug well dried up due to depleting ground water in various areas including Ghallnai, Baizai, Khwezai tehsil forcing them to buy or fetch water from far flung areas.
They said that to provide clean drinking water to the area, the government had started construction of the dame in Jan 2013. Locals complained that they had given their land for the dam but the government didn’t compensate them properly.