PM emphasizes urgency of building Diamer Bhasha, Mohmand dams; may supervise project himself

Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasizing the urgency of building Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams on Monday said he might supervise the dams project himself. He said this during a meeting with Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Lt Gen (R) Muzammil Hussain at the Prime Minister Office.

“Met Chairman Wapda today & emphasised urgency of building the Diamer Bhasha & Mohmand dams. I may supervise dams project myself, given the urgency,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet posted on his Twitter handle.

He pointed out that Pakistan had a total water outflow of 145 million acre feet, of which 80% was in three months and only 20% was in rest of the nine months (of the year).

In a subsequent tweet, the Prime Minister said Pakistan had only 185 dams – and only 2 large ones, in contrast India had 5,000 dams and China had 84,000 dams including 4,000 large ones.  “We need to avert the looming water crisis confronting Pakistan,” the prime minister maintained.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the PM Media Office here said, the Chairman WAPDA briefed the prime minister about water situation in the country and future development of water and hydropower sectors.

The prime minister underlined the need for construction of dams for not only conservation of water resources in the country but also for adding low-cost hydel electricity to the national grid.

Terming the construction of Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams critical for the country, the prime minister reiterated his resolve to spearhead the campaign for construction of the two vital water reservoirs as soon as possible.


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