The construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam, according to Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, would serve as a future lifeline for the country’s economy, increasing electricity generation and improving agricultural activity.
On Sunday, after receiving a briefing on the building of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Diamer, the Prime Minister stated that the 4500 MW project was critical to the country’s economy and that it should be finished by 2029 deadline.
He advocated that it be completed by 2026-27, rather than 2029, as planned. He stated that we can do it if we worked together.
He also announced the building of a 13-kilometer Babusar top tunnel to enable year-round traffic flow and requested a research report from the authorities.
He was disappointed that they were only storing and using 25-30MAF of the 125-130MAF water available each year.
According to the Prime Minister, the area lacks health care services. As Punjab’s chief minister, he donated scanning equipment to Gilgit.
He asked the appropriate authorities to submit a report within a week for the building of a fully equipped hospital in the region to offer the area’s people the most up-to-date health services.
Lt. Gen. (retd) Muzzamil Hussain, Chairman of the WAPDA, has already briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the current project.
Members of the National Assembly Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Asif, and PML-N spokesman Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA, joined the Prime Minister.
The chairman of the WAPDA informed that three huge hydel projects totaling Rs2.6 trillion, the Diamer-Bhasha, Mohmand, and Dasu dams, were nearing completion.
The Prime Minister later flew over the Karakorum Highway, the 3MW Thuk power project, and the Chilas cadet college.