Gilgit-Baltistan: Hydro Projects in GB and their Implementation Status

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ISLAMABAD (APP): The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has completed a detailed engineering design and tender documents for 7100 megawatt (MW)-Bunji Hydropower Project, and will soon initiate the process to undertake construction of the country’s largest hydro power project. WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah expressed these views in a meeting with Gilgit Baltistan Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana at WAPDA House in Lahore, said a press release issued here.

Speaking on the occasion, the WAPDA Chairman said that the mega projects such as Bunji and DBD, would not only help stabilize national economy but also usher in an era of social and economic development in Gilgit-Baltistan.

He appreciated the cooperation being provided by the Gilgit Baltistan government in implementing WAPDA projects in the region. He further said that WAPDA would fulfill all its commitments vis-a-vis construction of the projects and resettlement of their affectees.
Later, implementation status of the decisions taken on January 17, was discussed in detail. The meeting was informed that the GB administration would complete the ground survey as well satellite imageries for geographical mapping of Diamer Basha Dam (DBD) Project in two weeks.
The matter pertaining to handing over Government land to WAPDA also came under discussion. The Chairman said that in view of the significance of resettlement of Diamer Basha Dam Project affectees, priority should be given to acquire land for the construction of model villages in the area.
Deliberations were also made about Satpara Dam, Harpo, Bashoo and Phander hydropower projects. It was decided in the meeting that a study would jointly be conducted by WAPDA and Gilgit Baltistan to address the issues relating to Satpara Dam. The study would also assess the future requirements of water in Skardu and adjacent areas, their fulfillment through Shatung Nullah, its environmental impact and a way forward for the purpose.
The meeting also agreed to devise a perpetual operation and management (O&M) methodology for Satpara Dam Project with active involvement of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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