Premier reviews progress of Dasu hydropower dam

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – June 19, 2021
PESHAWAR: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan reviewed ongoing work on Dasu hydropower dam, on Friday, whereat interacting with workers and foreign engineers the premier expressed satisfaction at the pace of work and hailed their untiring efforts for timely completion.

According to water and power development authority (WAPDA), the roller-compacted concrete (RCC) gravity dam is situated 7 kilometres (km) upstream of Dasu town on Indus River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 74 km downstream of Diamer Bhasha dam and 350 km from the federal capital.

Dasu hydropower dam will have a total installed capacity of generating 4,320 megawatts (MW) electricity of which 2,160 MW will be produced in phase one.

The phase one includes construction of complete RCC dam with appurtenant structures, underground powerhouse with appurtenant structures, 6 turbo-generators with total installed capacity of 2,160 MW, one double circuit 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line, relocation of Karakoram highway (62 km), colony, right bank access roads (81 km), 132 kV transmission line, land acquisition, resettlement and environmental and social management.

The phase two includes construction of underground powerhouse and appurtenant structures, installation of remaining 9 units and one double circuit 765 kV transmission line

According to a press release, the project will stabilise the economy by providing low-cost hydel electricity besides triggering a new era of socio-economic development.

WAPDA chairman lieutenant general (Lt.Gen.) retired (R) Muzammil Hussain briefed the PM on the progress of the project.

PM Khan said, “The Dasu hydropower project will not only provide clean and affordable electricity but also bring numerous economic and social benefits.”

He said the country is in dire need of water reservoirs to protect against water shortage along with ample generation of electricity.

The purchase of land for the dam has been finalised and the construction of dam is continuing despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Separately, the minister of state for information and broadcasting (MoS-IB) Farrukh Habib mentioned, in tweets on Friday, that the first phase will provide 12 billion units of affordable and environmentally friendly electricity to the national grid every year and create at least 8,000 jobs.

He continued that Rs.17.34 billion is being spent for the development of local people in the project area under confidence building measures.

MoS-IB Habib revealed that the cost of first phase under construction at Dasu is Rs.511 billion of which 80 percent is being provided by WAPDA while 20 percent is being provided by the World Bank (WB).

He stressed that despite the coronavirus epidemic, construction work is underway on 10 sites of the Dasu project.