ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power on Tuesday directed the Planning Commission (PC) to get clear lacunas in implementation of 840 MW Munda dam before March 15.

The Committee which met with Zahid Khan in the chair also expressed displeasure over the sluggish attitude of PC and said the important Munda dam project was intentionally delayed which is a criminal negligence.

The committee said that to sort out amicable solution to the much delayed project within a week. It warned that if the project was not matured by March 31, the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), French donor Agency would withdraw offer of 11 million Euro soft loan for detailed engineering design.

The PC official apprised the Senate panel that Rs.1.5 billion had been spent on the project so far. The Europeon Union has also expressed concerns over the project due to some flaws in its design, he said.

Member Water Minister of Water and Power informed the Committee that experts have already been hired to remove flaws in the basic design of the project.

The committee was informed that the Supreme Court of Pakistan Commission for 2010 floods also directed for early commencement of Mohmand (Munda) hydropower dam project to mitigate the flood damages in the area.

The government has also earmarked Rs.600 million as budgetary allocation under PSDP 2013-14 but no fund was released so far.

Zahid Khan said the WAPDA, NTDC and NEPRA have failed to satisfy the members about determination of tariff.

No subsidy was being provided to the consumers and people were also being cheated, he said.

The NEPRA deputy chairman Khawaja Naeed informed the committee that tariff was determined in presence of media through open hearing.

The Chief Executive Officer of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) informed the panel that over 70 per cent feeders were over-loaded.

Managing Director Pakistan Electric Supply Company (PEPCO) said that all 285 officers recommended by the promotion board have been promoted.

The committee also directed Islamabad Electric Supply Company Chief to install automatic reading meters. The meeting was also attended by Senators Nawabazada Saifullah Magsi, Khalida Parveen, Hamayun Khan Mandokhel, Niar Muhammad, Shahi Syed, Mohsin Khan Leghari and senior officials of PC, WAPDA, NTDC, PEPCO, IESCO, PESCO etc.