CHILAS: (Web Desk) – Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Diamer-Bhasha Dam will generate low-cost environment friendly hydel power in the country.
While addressing a public gathering in Chilas post visit to dam, PM said that Diamer Bhasha Dam will be the third largest dam of Pakistan.
“We will neither have to import fuel for this project nor will it affect our climate. This project will not add to the global warming problems of the country. Diamer-Bhasha Dam will change the fate of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan by creating employment opportunities for them,” PM said.
He further added that government has enhanced budget for Gilgit-Baltistan to ensure maximum facilities to its people.
PM said that the reason behind China’s success is foresightedness.
“They (China) plan by keeping in mind next 30 to 40 years. It is unfortunate that we have made decisions on short term basis. Wrong decisions have impacted industrial development of our country.
Imran Khan on Wednesday visited the construction site of the Diamer- Bhasha Dam project and reviewed the construction activities.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting and Chairman China Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority Lt Gen (Retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa was accompanying the Prime Minister on the visit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was given a briefing on the progress of Diamer- Bhasha Dam. He was also shown a special documentary on the Bhasha Dam project and water efficiency.
Diamer-Bhasha Dam, a vital project for water, food and energy security of Pakistan, is being constructed on the Indus River, 315 Kilometer (Km) upstream of Tarbela Dam, 180Km downstream of Gilgit, and 40Km downstream of Chilas town.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 2028-29.
The project has three core objectives namely water storage for agriculture, flood mitigation and hydel power generation. The dam will have a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre feet (MAF) to irrigate 1.23 million acres of additional land. The project with installed power generation capacity of 4500 megawatt (MW) will provide more than 18 billion units per annum to the National Grid.