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Construction Of Diamer-Bhasha Dam To Start ‘Soon’

Prime Minister Imran Khan has been informed that all necessary preparation work to start the construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam has been completed.

The Prime Minister Officer (PMO) issued a press statement on Monday saying, “PM Imran was briefed in detail about the progress of resolution of all pending issues related to construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam. The premier was informed that as per his directions all issues related to settlement and detailed roadmap for mobilization of financial resources have been resolved and the project was ready for commencement of physical work.”

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Lt Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa also announced the ‘historic news’ on Twitter. He said, “Announcing to start construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam today is historic news for all generations of Pakistan. A huge stimulus for our economy, [will] create 16,500 jobs, generate 4,500 MW hydel power and irrigate 1.2 m acres agri land, enhance Tarbela dam’s age by 35 years.”

According to the PMO’s statement, PM Imran expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far and directed the authorities concerned to begin construction work on the dam. “Ensuring water security is the government’s first priority,” PMO quoted the premier as saying.

The prime minister directed that local materials and expertise be used during construction to provide the people with ample job opportunities. “The construction of the dam will create 16,500 jobs and utilise a large quantity of cement and steel which will boost our industry, in addition to its main purpose of water storage and producing 4,500 MW of cheap and affordable electricity,” the press release said.

The meeting was also informed that Rs78.5 billion would be spent on the area specified for the dam’s social development. “[The dam] will also be a major source of flood mitigation and save billions in damages caused by floods each year,” the statement added.

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