Islamabad: According to news sources, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is investing more than Rs100 billion in project regions to help the local community flourish and develop.

According to the statement, Rs100 billion was spent on confidence-building measures (CBM) in project regions of four Wapda under-construction projects, including Diamer Bhasha Dam, Mohmand Dam, Dasu Dam, and Tarbela Fifth Extension project, to complete various development programs.

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The plans concern healthcare, education, and infrastructure development to improve the lives of people living in remote and backward areas that score low on the Human Development Index.

According to Wapda, the money invested in these development initiatives would significantly improve the position of these backward districts in the Human Development Index.

Diamer Bhasha Dam is being built 40 kilometers downstream of Chilas, Gilgit-Baltistan, across the Indus River, with a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre-feet (MAF) and a power generation capacity of 4,500 megawatts.

A total of Rs78.5 billion has been aside for the implementation of development initiatives in the project area to improve people’s socioeconomic status.

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Meanwhile, in the Mohmand tribal district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Mohmand Dam is being built across the Swat River, with a gross water storage capacity of 1.2 MAF and a power generation capacity of 800MW. A total of Rs4.57 billion has been set aside for the implementation of development programs in the project areas of healthcare, education, drinking water, and infrastructure.

Stage I of the Dasu Hydropower Project is being built across the Indus River in the Kohistan area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, with a capacity of 2,160MW.

Wapda is investing Rs17.35 billion in this distant location to complete development programs for resettlement, social development, and environmental control to reduce poverty.

The Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project, with an installed generation capacity of 1,530MW, is being built on the 5th tunnel of the Tarbela Dam in the Haripur area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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