Diamer-bhasha dam: Power minister says land acquisition complete    

After the 18th Amendment provinces could build dams, which could produce electricity up to 50 megawatts


APP December 16, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said the process of land acquisition for Diamer-Bhasha dam is almost complete and work would start from next year.

"We've acquired the required land for the dam and work on it will start next year," Ali informed the National Assembly in response to a question.

He said no practical step for construction of dams was taken by previous governments, adding that the present one had initiated work on eight to nine new dams, with each of them producing over 50 megawatts of electricity. He said after the 18th Amendment provinces could build dams, which could produce electricity up to 50 megawatts.

Earlier, answering a question asked by Shaikh Rohale Asghar, the minister said that CPEC electricity generation projects were categorised as prioritised and actively promoted projects having total capacity of 17,045 MW.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 17th, 2016.

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