Islamabad: According to press reports, Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza guaranteed Diamer-Bhasha dam workers and contractors of a safe and secure environment for construction activities on Sunday (October 03). The USD 14 billion project will have a water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre feet (MAF) and generate 4,500 MW of energy. By 2028-29, the project should be completed.

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Lt General Shamshad was accompanied to the project site by Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman (retired) Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain. According to sources, the delegate was briefed on the project’s construction schedule, which included infrastructure development work at eight different locations.

Construction work was underway on eight sites at the same time, including the development of access roads, a permanent access bridge across the Indus River downstream of the main dam, the Tangir hydropower project, dam support excavation from the top, diversion tunnel and canal, diversion inlet, and power intake, according to the meeting.

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WAPDA Chairman, speaking to the media, said that the project is crucial for Pakistan since it will conserve water for irrigation, reduce floods, and generate low-cost power. The chairman further stated that as part of the confidence-building efforts, the government had spent PKR 78 billion on different development projects for the residents.

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