The Respondent submitted before this commission that PC-1 Warsak Dam and the agreement between the government and Trakzai and Malaguri tribe (Momand Tribe) regarding construction of Warsak Dam are old record and not traceable.
This commission notes with concern that such important records with financial implications have been lost by the Respondent. It raises serious questions the way the Respondent in maintaining its records.
It is incumbent upon all federal public bodies to ensure digitalization of public records after the enactment of the Act, 2017 as required under its Sections 5 and 8.
The Respondent has provided the requested information about “compensation Cheque issued by the government to the Warsak Dam affectees by stating that “In the Year 1962-65, an area of about 275 kanal and 3 marlas of Shinpukh Village submerged under Warsak Dam water for which compensation amounting to Rs. 123, 263.66/- was paid by this office as the project was in administrative control of WAPDA”. It has also stated that as far as compensation regarding acquisition of land for Warsak Dam and Power House is concerned, the matter may be taken up with concerned Ministry i. ethe then Ministry of Industry and Natural Recourses Government of Pakistan Please”. As the Respondent is not the custodian of the requested information, no further action is needed on this count.
This commission is satisfied with the response submitted before this commission by the Respondent for not providing the requested information about details of the total area acquired for Warsak Dam: “since the land was acquired by WDPO for construction of Warsak Dam, no relevant record of land acquisition available in this office, therefore Deputy Commissioner Khyber and Deputy Commissioner Mohmand is being requested many times for physical demarcation of WAPDA owned land as per their record”.