“Despite Covid-19 emergency in the country, the work on the mega energy project is in full swing and it will start production as per its already set schedule in 2024,” Shahid Ishtiaq Mir, chief engineer Wapda, told reporters at dam site in Dasu, the headquarters of Upper Kohistan. He said that the Dasu Hydropower Project being built at the cost of Rs511 billion would meet the electricity shortfall in the country.
“The federal government has been giving a high importance to this hydropower project and it is why the land price and other issues were settled on priority basis with locals ensuring smooth execution of this mega dam project,” he added.
“The foreign and local labourers and engineers have been adopting all precautionary measures laid down by federal government to contain spread of pandemic,” he maintained. Ishtiaq Mir, who also reviewed ongoing work at various sections of dam along with local reporters, said that it was a mega energy project, which would cost less to government but would produce much higher electricity as compared to other such dams in the country.
He said that that project would also bring a revolutionary changes in local’s lives as construction work on a hospital and high secondary school being built by Wapda for local community was in final stage.
“We would not only construction schools for girls and boys but water supply schemes, technical colleges and other public welfare schemes would also be initiated for locals,” he went on to add.