Diamer-Bhasha Dam construction date announced, starts from May

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GILGIT – Construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam would commence May 2019 as federal government announced the date for the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dam.

“Construction work on Mohmand and Diamer Bhasha dams would commence respectively from February and May 2019,” Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Muzammil Hussain told the Senate Committee on Water Resources on Wednesday.

He said Balochistan government did not have the network to distribute 74,000-acre feet water of Kichhi Kanal.

The province has the network to distribute only 10,000-acre feet water while 62,000-acre feet water could not be distributed, owing to the absence of distribution system,” he said.

“Wapda has asked Balochistan government to assign it the task to construct Naulong Dam,” he added.

He said Wapda has completed various overdue projects in the last two years including Tarbella-IV, Golan Gol, Neelmu-Jhelum despite severe issues of scarcity of funds. Massive liabilities of Wapda could not be cleared in five years period despite not starting the new projects during the period.

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