ISLAMABAD: The government has acquired around 32,139 acres of land, out of total 37,419 acres land required for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam.
According to state-run news agency, almost 86 per cent land for the mega project has been acquired so far while construction work on resettlement of model village at Harpan Das is in progress.
Similarly, construction of a project colony at Thor is underway with 85 per cent work already complete. Construction of Right Bank Periphery Road (RBPR) is also underway.
Contracts for RBPR-01 and 02 has been awarded and so far, 86.50 per cent and 40 per cent 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 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 power generation capacity of 4,500 megawatts (MW), with annual generation of 18.1 billion units per annum.