June 2006 News

Land acquisition for Bhasha Dam commences

27 June 2006
The Nation
Monem Farooqi

Diamir: The land acquisition for DiamirBhasha dam has started, which would be carried through in different phases till the completion of the dam with the view of paying 15 percent in addition to the price to the affectees.. The Deputy Commission concerned had issued orders of procurement under Land Acquisition Act’s Section 4, said Syed Ghaffar Project Director Diamir Bhasha Dam. Briefing the newsmen at the dam site, he said that $ 450 million would be spent on the resettlement and construction would be started after the completion of detailed engineering design. He said that the detailed engineering design of the dam would be completed by March 2008 He said that WAPDA had chalked out a detailed resettlement plan for the affectees, where only 30 villages comprising of 2,200 houses and with a population of 22,000 were being affected since 1500 acres of agricultural land would go under the lake. Responding to the queries regarding the residents’ apprehensions, he ruled out the view that the project would affect Chilas city following the reduction in the height of the reservoir from 1,170 meter to 1,160 meter. He said that a Vocational Training Institute was being established in the area so that the locals could be trained in the skills required for the construction of Diamir Basha Dam project. Two acres of land had been purchased for construction of hostel and establishment of a laboratory in Chillas, he added.  He said that Bhasha Dam had much severer and difficult technical, environmental, resettlement and social problems due to barren and inaccessible terrain.


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