Chairman WAPDA directs for work acceleration of the Diamer Basha Dam and Dasu Hydropower Project.

Chairman WAPDA Engr Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd), during his visit to Diamer Basha Dam and Dasu Hydropower Project, directed the projects’ teams to accelerate the construction work, so that both projects could be completed by their timelines.

Electricity generation from the Dasu Hydropower Project is scheduled for 2026, whereas the Diamer Basha Dam Project is scheduled for completion in 2028. WAPDA successfully diverted the mighty River Indus at Dasu Hydropower Project in February 2023 and at Diamer Basha Dam in December 2023.

In the first leg, the Chairman reached Diamer Basha Dam. He reviewed construction work on the left and right abutments of the dam, diversion canal, guide wall, upstream and downstream coffer (temporary) dams and permanent bridge. CEO Diamer Basha Dam Company, GM/PD Diamer Basha Dam Project, the consultants and the contractors were present on the occasion. Construction activities are being carried out on 13 key sites of the project. The permanent bridge and the approach road downstream of the main dam will be completed in June this year.

In the second leg, the Chairman visited Dasu Hydropower Project and witnessed construction activities at the under-ground power house and transformer cavern, left abutment and upstream coffer (temporary) dam. GM/PD Dasu Hydropower Project, flanked by the consultants and the contractors, briefed the Chairman that construction work is simultaneously continuing on 13 sites, including excavation and support work at power house, transformer cavern as well as left and right abutments of the dam. Excavation is also underway on open areas, five tunnels and two bridges under the relocated Karakoram Highway.

Diamer Basha Dam, on its completion, will store 8.1 MAF water to irrigate 1.23 million acres of land and generate 4500 MW, providing 18 billion units of green, clean and low-cost electricity to the National Grid every year. The 4320 MW-Dasu Hydropower Project is to be completed in two stages. The Stage-1, with installed generation capacity of 2160 MW, will contribute 12 billion units of economically affordable electricity to the National Grid annually.

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