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PM to visit construction site of Diamer-Bhasha Dam today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit the construction site of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan today.
The prime minister will review construction activities and there he will be given a briefing on Diamer- Bhasha Dam. Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting and chairman China Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority Lt Gen (Retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa will accompany the prime minister on the visit.
The prime minister will also be shown a special documentary on the Bhasha Dam project and water efficiency. Diamer-Bhasha Dam, a vital project for water, food, and energy security of Pakistan, is being constructed on the Indus River, 315 Kilometer (Km) upstream of Tarbela Dam, 180Km downstream of Gilgit, and 40Km downstream of Chilas town.

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The project is scheduled to be completed in 2028 to 2029. The project has three core objectives namely water storage for agriculture, flood mitigation, and hydel power generation.
The dam will have a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre-feet (MAF) to irrigate 1.23 million acres of additional land. The project with an installed power generation capacity of 4500 megawatt (MW) will provide more than 18 billion units per year to the National Grid.
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