The federal cabinet approved the land acquisition for Diamer-Bhasha Dam and compensation rates of barren land during it meeting held today at Prime Minister House, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair. The cabinet also extended the stay of Afghan refugees in the country till March 31, 2017.
Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said the government has taken all steps for the construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam. he said construction of mega Hydel projects would help in fulfilling the energy needs of the country along with mitigating the hazards of floods.
He said government is determined and focused on resolving the energy issues confronted by Pakistan. Our plans include execution of short, medium and long-term projects in this regard. He said the government has arranged the finances for Dassu project through World Bank and all the required measures are ensured for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
The Meeting has also approved extension of Afghan refugees in the country till 31st March next year. Interior Ministry told the meeting that the extension in stay had been granted under the agreement among Pakistan, Afghanistan and UNHCR for registration of the refugees.