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ECNEC Approves Mini Dam As A Part of Diamer Bhasha

Islamabad (November 15, 2018): The government on Wednesday changed the scope of Diamer Bhasha dam project, just six months after its approval by the highest forum, and made a mini dam part of the scheme, which would push its overall cost to Rs480 billion.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), the highest project approving authority, included the Tangir hydropower project in the Diamer Bhasha dam and approved the revised cost of the project at Rs479.7 billion, according to the finance ministry.The change in the scope of one of the priority projects, after only six months, highlights the lack of planning, which often causes cost overruns.
It was the first Ecnec meeting under this government, which approved seven schemes costing Rs659 billion. The net increase in cost was Rs185 billion.

The Diamer-Bhasha dam project had already been approved at Rs474-billion cost in April this year.

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