Construction work on Basha Dam, Dasu Project progressing at good pace

WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) has visited Diamer Basha Dam and Dasu Hydropower Project to review construction work on the two mega projects. As the Diamer Basha Dam is being constructed on River Indus downstream of Chilas town in Gilgit Baltistan, it involves the construction on eight different sites at the same time. The construction sites include access tunnel, access roads, and upstream and downstream cable bridges. Despite of Covid-19 Pandemic the construction work on Diamer Basha Dam is developing ahead. The chairman spoke about the speedy work being done at the sites and directed the authorities to ensure the achievement of major construction milestones as per the schedule. The Chairman also inaugurated the newly constructed cable way bridge across River Indus while the other three are subjected to be completed in April and May. Diamer Basha Dam will have a capacity of 8.1 MAF to irrigate 1.23 million acres of additional land. With installed power generation capacity of 4500 MW, the project will provide more than 18 billion units per annum to the National Grid. While his visit to Dasu Hydropower Project Stage-I, in Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chairman was told about the construction work on 9 different sites is in progress at the same time. The river deviation works are expected to be completed by end of this year. The 4320 MW-Dasu Hydropower Project is subjected to be completed in two stages.