Pak Hindu community opposed construction of dam near Hinglaj Mata temple

May 11th, 2009 - 4:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Quetta, May 11 (ANI): Pakistan-based Hindu community has expressed its reservations over construction of a dam near historic Hinglaj Mata temple in Lasbela disrict of Balochistan.

Chairman WAPDA Shakeel Durrani assured the community members that Hingol dam would be constructed only after removing all their reservations.

A high powered delegation comprising Chairman WAPDA, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Aslam Bhootani, Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa and representatives of Hindu community in Sindh and Balochistan visited the site of the proposed Hingol dam on Sunday.

The representatives of the Hindu community had expressed their reservations that the Hingol dam planned to be built along the costal highway would submerge their historic Hinglaj Mata temple and worshippers would have no way of accessing it.

The Balochistan Assembly had also adopted a resolution unanimously in this regard demanding that the plan of construction of Hingol dam should be abandoned.

However, Chairman WAPDA decided to visit the site of the dam along with representatives of the Hindu community to brief them about the ways and means to save the historic temple in the area, The Dawn reported.

WAPDA engineers and experts informed the members of the delegation through maps that they were making all possible efforts to built Hingol dam adopting measures to save the temple.

“Hingol dam would be not being constructed until apprehension and reservations of Hindu community about Hingal Mata are removed,” said Durrani. He added that he was also aware about the importance of the Hinglaj Mata temple.

Durrani informed that with the construction of Hingol dam around 90,000 acres of land would be irrigated in Lasbela district and the dam would also generate electricity that would be enough to meet the power requirements of the area.

The dam would be have the capacity of storing around 210,0000 acres feet water. (ANI)

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