Diamer Bhasha Dam project ready for start of physical work, PM told

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From Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed yesterday that as per his directions all issues related to the critically important Diamer Bhasha Dam, including settlement, detailed roadmap for mobilization of financial resources etc. had been resolved and the project was ready for commencement of physical work.

An important meeting of national water security strategy and construction of dams to meet agricultural as well as energy requirements of the country was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The meeting was briefed on national water conservation strategy, construction of dams to meet agriculture and energy needs.

Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt. Gen. (R) Muzammil Hussain and other senior officers attended the meeting.

The prime minister was briefed on the pending issues related to the construction of Bhasha Dam. It was also informed that the issues related to this important project have been resolved on his [Prime Minister] directions.

The meeting was informed that the Diamer Bhasha project had remained stuck for decades due to various reasons. It was told that the dam s construction would create 16,500 jobs and utilize huge quantity of cement and steel, which would give boost to the industry, besides its main purposes of water storage and producing 4500 MW of cheap and affordable electricity for meeting energy requirements of the country.

The 6.4 MAF (Million Acre Feet) water storage capacity of the dam would reduce the current water shortage in the country of 12 MAF to 6.1 MAF.

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