Construction on Diamer Basha Dam likely to start in next few months: Chairman WAPDA


Chairman Wapda Lt-Gen Muzammil Hussain (retd) has said that since the ground breaking by prime minister in May this year the construction activities for the development of Mohmand Dam are in full swing. The initiation of construction at the site of diamer bhasha dam is awaiting award of consultancy services and civil works and is expected to start within the next few months.

The Implementation Committee on Diamer Basha, Mohmand Dams (ICDBMD) recently presided over a meeting to discuss various matters relating to land acquisition and resettlement, procurement and financing of both projects. ICDBMD sub-committees on land acquisition finance and procurement for Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams made their presentations on the respective issues during the meeting.

Later, the sub-committee on Land Acquisition for Mohmand Dam briefed the meeting that the priority land for the project has already been acquired, while the process for acquisition of remaining land, being made in a phased manner, is expected to be completed in couple of months. More than 32,000 acres of land for the project has been acquired so far. The meeting was further briefed that confidence building measures (CBMs) worth Rs 14 billion as social and environmental safeguard are being implemented for health, education, energy and infrastructure development in the project area.