Challas: Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the site of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam project on Wednesday.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General ISI Lt. General Faiz Hameed, Federal Minister for water resources Faisal Vawda, Senator Faisal Javed Khan, Prime Minister Special Assitant Shahbaz Gill were also present on the occasion.
He was briefed on the progress in work on the project.
Diamer Bhasha Dam, a vital project for water, food and energy security of Pakistan, is being constructed on River Indus, 315 Kilometer (Km) upstream of Tarbela Dam, 180 Km downstream of Gilgit, and 40 Km downstream of Chilas town. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2028-29.
The project has three core objectives namely water storage for agriculture, flood mitigation and hydel power generation.
The dam will have a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre-feet (MAF) to irrigate 1.23 million acres of additional land.
The project with installed power generation capacity of 4500 megawatts (MW) will provide more than 18 billion units per annum to the National Grid.
Construction work on the project began in May last.
The 6.4 million acre-feet (MAF) water storage capacity of the dam will reduce the current water shortage in the country of 12 MAF to 6.1 MAF. It will add 35 years to the life of the Tarbela dam by reducing sedimentation.
The government in May last had signed an Rs442 billion contract with a joint venture of China Power and Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for the construction of the dam.
The Chinese state-run firm holds 70 percent and the FWO, a commercial arm of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, 30pc share in the consortium. The contract covers the construction of a diversion system, main dam, access bridge and the 21MW Tangir hydropower project.