A spokesperson for the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has refuted a news report published in The Express Tribune on July 5, 2013, wherein it was said that Wapda is paying more attention to the Dasu Hydropower Project, thereby putting the Diamer Bhasha Dam Project on the backburner.
The spokesperson has said that Wapda is executing the Diamer Bhasha Dam as a priority project, and Dasu has never been preferred to it. “Diamer Bhasha Dam is of vital importance, being a water storage project, and need not to be compared to Dasu, which is only a run-of-the-river hydropower project,” says a statement issued here.
The spokesperson also dismissed the claim that international donors had committed $9 billion for the Diamer Basha Dam, as reported in the news. He clarified that no such commitments were ever made.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2013.
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