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Senate returns TUTAP documents to govt sans review

Senate returns TUTAP documents to govt sans review

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May 22, 2016 - 20:28

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Returning TUTAP power project documents to the government without a review, the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon on Sunday said the government should decide on the project route as per recommendations of the appointed delegation.

The Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project will import 500kv of electricity from the Central Asian states to energy-starved Pakistan through Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Energy and Water  has recommend the project be implemented through the Salang Pass crossing Baghlan province, but thousands of protestors have stressed the scheme must pass through central Bamyan.

Meshrano Jirga chairman Fzal Hadi Muslimyar told Sunday’s session that the government had sent TUTAP documents to the upper house, but the Senate had no experts to technically assess the documents.

Therefore, he said, they sent back the documents to the government to take decision in accordance with recommendations of the probe team the government had appointed.

While insisting on routing the project via Salang Passinfo-icon, Muslimyar said the people of Bamyan were part of the country and they should also have access to electricity.

“Government wants to shift the burden to parliament especially Meshrano Jirga, but we are not ready to take the responsibility.”

The Senate chairman said he had already said no one had the right to prevent implementation of development schemes, but electricity should be distributed to Bamyan and all provinces, insisting on uniform development.

Senator Mohammad Alam Ezidyar from central Panjsher province said the investigation team was yet to present its findings on the matter.

He said the government should implement projects keeping in view people’s needs and demands.

However, Senator Mohammad Hassan Hotak opposed returning the documents to the government.

He said there might be problems in the documents, which needed an assessment. “Technical parts of the documents should be assessed in order to be clear for all.”

On this Muslimyar asked lawmakers to vote on whether to return the documents to the government or not.

Of 36 lawmakers present, 33 voted in favour of returning the documents to the government and only two opposed the decision and a third raised white card.

myn/ma

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