Diamer Basha dam to receive increased water capacity

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – April 18, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of the executive committee of the national economic council (ECNEC) on Tuesday, whereat Diamer Basha dam project, of which only the dam component, was approved at a total cost of Rs 474,000 million.

According to an official statement, the dam will have at least 6.4 million acre feet (MAF) of live water storage capacity and installed power capacity of 4,500 megawatts (MW).

After completion, the project will increase “national water storage capacity” from 38 days to 45 days and will enhance life span on downstream reservoirs including the Tarbela dam.

Revision of Gawadar Lasbela livelihoods support project was approved at a total cost of Rs 2,998.1 million. The project aims at poverty reduction in two districts of Balochistan which are Gawadar and Lasbella.

This project comprises of major initiatives including community development, fisheries development and rural infrastructure improvement. Evacuation of power from 1,320 MW regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) power plant near Trimmu in Jhang was approved at a total cost of Rs 4,231.83 million.

Revision of the federal program under “access to justice” was accorded approval at a total cost of Rs 4,711.981 million. The ongoing project aims at implementing legislative, judicial, police and administrative reforms with construction of required physical infrastructure including office buildings.

ECNEC approved replacement of old and obsolete signal gear from Lodhran-Multan-Khanewal-Shahdara Bagh main line section of Pakistan railways (PR), revised, at a total cost of Rs 18,346.6 million.

The scope of work of this project also includes remodeling of Yousafwala railway station and up-gradation of 24 unmanned railway level crossings into manned level crossings.