Altaf Hamid Rao
MIRPUR (AJK): Following award of the contract for construction of Main Dam of Diamer Basha Dam Project last week, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) Tuesday visited the project site to review on ground the arrangements for ensuring timely mobilization of the contractor to the project site, WAPDA has said.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that on-time commencement of construction work on Diamer Basha Dam Project is the top most priority of WAPDA in addition to putting an effective follow-up mechanism in place for smooth implementation of the project, a WAPDA sources told this Correspondent Tuesday.
The Chairman WAPDA said that the project is of phenomenal significance and destined to change fate of the nation. The project will also unfold an era of progress and prosperity for the local populace in the project area, he added.
The Chairman said that Diamer Basha Dam with gross water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre feet (MAF) and power generation capacity of 4500 mega watt (MW) will go a long way in stabilizing the economy. The project will also prove to be instrumental in developing the human resources and creating employment opportunity in the country. As many as 16,500 job opportunities of engineers and allied staff will be made available at the national and local levels, he further said.
Paying homage to the sacrifices being made by the locals for construction of Daimer Basha Dam Project, the Chairman said that a sum of Rs.78.5 billion is being spent for resettlement and confidence building measures (CBMs) leading towards socio-economic development in the area. He expressed satisfaction over completion of as many as 44 development schemes for improving the existing water supply, irrigation, health and education infrastructures. He said that construction of Chillas Cadet College under the CBMs is nearing completion which will help provide quality education to the local students. In addition, Thak Hydropower Project of 3 MW is also about to be completed to meet the electricity requirements of the area.
Earlier during the visit, Diamer Basha Dam General Manager Amir Bashir Chaudhry briefed the Chairman about various developments on the project.