PAKISTAN ENERGY DAM
Local News Gilgit, CHILAS
News ID : 79367 Video Version : 1 Script Version : 1
Pakistan begins construction of dam to solve country’s water and power shortage.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan kicks off mega construction work at
Diamer-Bhasha Dam at River Indus near Chilas, that will produce 4,500
inexpensive and green hydel power and resolve shortage of water in the
SHOTLIST: CHILAS, PAKISTAN (JULY 15, 2020) (PART MUTE) (PM OFFICE – ACCESS ALL)
- (MUTE) PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN ARRIVING
- (MUTE) KHAN INAUGURATING PROJECT BY UNVEILING PLAQUE
- (MUTE) VARIOUS OF KHAN, ARMY CHIEF, GENERAL QAMAR JAVED BAJWA, OTHER MILITARY AND CIVIL OFFICIALS PRAYING
- (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu/English) CHAIRMAN WAPDA (WATER AND POWER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY), LT. GENERAL MUZAMMIL HUSSAIN, SYING: “The power generation from here has the potential to take Pakistan to new paradigm height. Its power potential is 4500 megawatt and it can irrigate 1.2 million acres of land.”
- (MUTE) VARIOUS KHAN, BAJWA, MILITARY AND CIVIL OFFICIALS BEING BIVEN BRIEFING
- START OF WORK AT DAM SITE
- CHINESE OFFICIALS SITTING
- (SOUNDBITE) (English) CONSTRUCTION MANAGER, POWER CHINA, NIE XIAWEL, SAYING: “We are honoured too much to join this project and that we have a chance to join this project and we will work closely together with our partner FWO to contribute to this project.”
- KHAN LEAVING
STORY: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday (July 15) kicked off mega construction work at Diamer-Bhasha Dam at River Indus near Chilas, that will produce 4,500 inexpensive and green hydel power and solve water problem in the country.
Pakistan is one of the most affected countries facing water and power crisis. Building of dam will solve the water crisis, provide cheap electricity, and boost agriculture.
The 272-metre high, having capacity of 6.4 million acre feet water reservoir, will be the country’s third big dam after Tarbela and Mangla dams.
Khan termed the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam a “window of development and opportunities for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan”.
He said Pakistan was blessed with natural water resources with steep land gradients to generate fast flow, required for producing less expensive electricity.
He said producing electricity through imported fuel and furnace oil, resulted in high current account deficit that took the economy to downward trend, currency devaluation, inflation, poverty and de-industrialization.
On May 13, Pakistan signed a deal worth Rs442 billion (US$2.6 billion) with the Chinese state-owned firm China Power to build the dam on River Indus near Chilas in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The consultancy contract worth Rs27.18 billion has been awarded by WAPDA to Diamer Basha Consultants Group (DBCG) that includes construction design, construction supervision and contract administration of the dam project.
Chairman of WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority), Lt. General Muzammil Hussain, said the dam will take Pakistan to new heights of progress.
“The power generation from here has the potential to take Pakistan to new paradigm height. Its power potential is 4500 megawatt and it can irrigate 1.2 million acres of land,”he said.
Construction manager of Power China, Nie Xiawel, said, “We are honoured too much to join this project and that we have a chance to join this project and we will work closely together with our partner FWO to contribute to this project.”
Earlier, the prime minister was given a briefing at the dams site, which was also attended by Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda and Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur.
Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General Inter Services Intelligence Lt General Faiz Hameed were present.
The dam project with a total financial outlay of about Rs1.4 trillion is expected to be completed in 2028, according to Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) chairman retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain.
The dam first envisaged in 1980 was approved for construction in 2006 by then military ruler and former president Pervez Musharraf.