Mansehra: According to a recent news report, The Chinese ambassador has been enlisted by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to persuade the Gezhouba Group Company to resume construction on the Dasu hydropower project.

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On July 14, a bus explosion in the Dasu region killed 13 people, including nine Chinese employees, and brought the 4,320 megawatts project in Upper Kohistan district to a stop. On Wednesday, a member of the Wapda team in negotiations with the Chinese business informed Dawn that China’s ambassador, Nong Rong, would attend the meeting the next week.

The official said the federal government had addressed the Chinese company’s concern about the workers’ safety by deploying the Pakistan Army’s two platoons in Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan and Kolai-Palas districts for the Chinese nationals working on Dasu project and Diamer-Bhasha dam.

The Chinese ambassador will also be informed on security measures for Chinese people, according to the official. He stated that Pakistan and China will work together to defeat the mega energy project’s “evil plan of shared adversary.”

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Meanwhile, World Bank officials paid a visit to the Chinese workers’ and engineers’ camp in Barseen, where they held a one-minute silence for the victims of the bus disaster. They also placed a wreath at the explosion victims’ monument. The guests also met with the Chinese team leader and went on a security tour of the Dasu project site.

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