Work on Diamer-Basha dam to start soon
ISLAMABAD: The government is all set to kick off work on Diamer-Basha dam worth $ 11.3 billion, to generate additional electricity to overcome energy crisis in the country. Preparations for the ground breaking ceremony of the 4500 MW project have almost been completed and soon the work would be started on this mega project,a source in water and power ministry told APP here Thursday.
The dam having 272 meters height is being constructed on Indus River near Chilas (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan) 315 km upstream from Tarbela dam and about 40 Km downstream of Chilas town. He said that the government had allocated Rs. 1000 million for acquiring land in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Rs. 700 million have already been transferred to GB. While Rs.92 million were also released to DCO Kohistan in 2009-2010 for land acquiring. Rs.170 million has already been paid to acquire land for setting up WAPDA base camp. He said the PC 1 of the project was estimated as Rs.894,257 million while Rs.2049 million have been spent on the project so far. The source said the Council of Common Interests has approved $ 11.3b project with national consensus and a total 36,00 acres land would be purchased for the purpose. According to the data, once completed, the dam would have storage capacity of 6.4 MAF and electricity generating capacity of 4,500MW while the country would be getting the dividends of $1.5b per annum in the shape of cheap hydro power and halfa-billion dollars in the shape of water storage that will be used for irrigating more land. -App