PM Khan reviews progress on dams

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – May 12, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan, Monday, chaired a briefing on national water security strategy and construction of dams to meet agricultural as well as energy requirements of the country.

According to an official statement, the PM was briefed in detail about the progress on resolution of all pending issues related to construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam.

PM Khan was informed that as per his directions all issues related to this critically important project, including settlement, detailed roadmap for mobilisation of financial resources, etc., have been resolved and that the project is ready for commencement of physical work.

The meeting was informed that Diamer Bhasha project had remained stuck for decades due to various reasons.

The construction of Diamer Bhasha dam will create 16,500 jobs and utilise huge quantity of cement and steel which will give boost to our industry besides its main purposes of water storage and producing 4500 megawatt (MW) of cheap and affordable electricity for meeting energy requirements of the country.

The 6.4 million acre feet (MAF) water storage capacity of the dam will reduce the current water shortage in the country of 12 MAF to 6.1 MAF.

It will add 35 years to the life of Tarbela dam by reducing sedimentation.

An area of 1.23 million acres of land will be brought under agriculture due to this dam.

It was informed that an amount of Rs. 78.5 billion will be spent for social development of the area around Diamer Bhasha Dam as part of the project.

It will also be a major source of flood mitigation and save billions worth of damages caused by flood each year.

PM Khan expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far and directed to immediately start construction activities of the dam.

He said that ensuring water security was the foremost priority of the present government.

PM Khan said that besides optimum utilisation of the available water resources for agricultural needs, construction of dams in the country will help meet energy requirements at affordable rate.

The PM directed that use of local material and expertise be accorded priority during the construction work which will provide huge job opportunities to our people.

It will also boot construction and related industry and provide a huge stimulus to our economy, water and power development authority (WAPDA) chairman lieutenant general (R) Muzammil Hussain briefed the meeting about progress of ongoing construction of Mohmand Dam that started recently.

PM Khan expressed satisfaction over the speed of work.

The PM was also apprised of the progress on resolution of pending issues related to Dasu Dam project.

PM Khan expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far and directed to ensure expeditious commencement of the critical Dasu project.

He was briefed that funds have been arranged for Noulong Dam, district Jhal Magsi in Balochistan and that the work will commence next year.

PM Khan emphasised on starting Sind Barrage as a priority project.

Sind Barrage has huge benefits of addressing agriculture needs of the province, it will stop erosion of soil from sea water and also improve drinking water situation for urban centres of Sindh.

The PM appreciated the efforts of water resources (WR) ministry and WAPDA for pursuing projects passionately to realise our dream of self-reliance in food security, industry and exports.

He also reiterated his emphasis on keeping a close watch on quality of work and meeting the timelines.

The meeting was attended by WR minister Mohammad Faisal Wada, planning minister Asad Umar, information minister senator Shibli Faraz, Kashmir affairs and Gilgit Baltistan minister Ali Amin Gandapur, special assistant to the prime minister (SAPM) on information and broadcasting lieutenant general (R) Asim Bajwa, WAPDA chairman Hussain and senior other officers.