Monday, March 4, 2024

Diamer Bhasha Dam to be Completed by 2029, Generating 4500 MW

According to an official source, the Diamer Bhasha Dam, which has a storage capacity of 8.1 million acre feet (MAF), will generate 18,100 Gigawatt hours (GWh) annually once completed in April 2029.

Diamer Bhasha Dam will be built 40 kilometres downstream of Chilas town on the Indus River, with an installed capacity of 4,500 MW and a live storage capacity of 6.4 MAF.

For the country’s water, food, and energy security, dams in Pakistan, especially this project is critical.

The entire cost of the Diamer Basha Dam project is Rs. 1406, 122 million, which includes PC-I (Dam Part) at Rs. 479,686 million, PC-I (land acquisition and resettlement) at Rs. 175,436 million, and PC-I (Power Generation Facilities) at Rs. 751,000 million.

Since 2009-10, previous governments have spent Rs. 86,685 million on the Dam under acquisition of land and resettlement (AL&R), while the current government has spent Rs. 30273 million under AL&R and Rs. 51555 million on the dam section.

Under AL&R, a total of Rs. 116,158 million has been invested, with Rs. 51,555 million spent on the dam component.

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