Govt acquires 32,139 acres of land for Diamer-Bhasha dam.

ISLAMABAD: The government has acquired around 32,139 acres of land, out of total 37,419 acres of land required for the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam.

According to a state-run news agency, almost 86 percent of land for the mega project has been acquired so far while construction work on the resettlement of the model village at Harpan Das is in progress.

Similarly, the construction of a projected colony at Thor is underway with 85 percent work already complete. Construction of Right Bank Periphery Road (RBPR) is also underway.

Contracts for RBPR-01 and 02 have been awarded and so far, 86.50 percent and 40 percent work has been completed in this regard. The procurement of contractors for RBPR-03 and 04 is in progress.

It is pertinent to mention that the Diamer-Bhasha dam will facilitate agricultural growth, mitigate floods, and produce low-cost hydel electricity in the country. The project has a gross storage capacity of 8.1million acre-feet (MAF) and a power generation capacity of 4,500 megawatts (MW), with an annual generation of 18.1 billion units per annum.