“BHASHA DAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST DAM EVER BUILT IN PAKISTAN’S HISTORY.”-IMRAN KHAN.
Bhasha Dam is a concreted filled gravity dam, a vital project for water, food, energy, and employment of Pakistan situated on the River Indus between Kohistan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan. Prime Minister of Pakistan laid the stone foundation in 1998. The site located near a place named ‘Bhasha,’ which is 40 km downstream of Chilas town and 315 km from the Tarbela dam.
Recently Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday vowed to “biggest dam in Pakistan’s history” and added that the project would also benefit the people living in Gilgit Baltistan.
The Prime Minister made these remarks while addressing a public gathering in Chilas.
Along with Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the site of the dam, where they were briefed about the progress of the mega project some days before stating to the public and media.
Prime Minister Special Assistant on information retired Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted that the project will generate 4,500 MW Hydel power and provide about 16,000 jobs to the people.
While addressing the public, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “This will be our third big dam. The decision to build this dam was taken 50 years ago, and work on this project has started today. one of the biggest reasons why we haven’t progressed.”
The government aims to build a dam near Nanga Parbat Peak. It would stand 272 meters above the Indus river, and it would be counted among the world’s highest dams ever made.”BASHA DAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST DAM EVER BUILT IN PAKISTAN’S HISTORY.”-IMRAN KHAN
He added that building this dam would move us towards building more dams on rivers, and the foreign exchange pressure would be lessened, it will also allow Pakistan to generate its fuel.
He said that generating electricity from water instead of furnace oil and coal will also prevent negative impacts of global warming and strange climate change. “The benefits are dual. We would not have to import fuel, and this will also not harm our climate”.
Around 0.1 billion cubic meters of water will be evaporated from the dam reservoir. And it might change the climate conditions of the region.
Prime Minister said this project would also generate job opportunities for the people living in that region. “I am familiar with the region of Gilgit Baltistan. I have visited Chilas on so many different occasions. And know how much tourism is important for livelihood in summer months”.
He said that he would discuss the tourism matter with the Chief Minister to imply standard operating procedures (SOP) to resume the tourism industry as it stands on loss because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A brand new period of improvement will start right here. As quickly as the dam accomplished, our economy would be increased to better higher levels. It would be the project, fortune changing for Pakistan.
Prime Minister said that “We can learn from the world, tourism is slowly resuming. It won’t be the same as before the pandemic hit. But we can slowly open it and for that SOPs would be applied”.
He addressed that the project would bring a huge opportunity for the people of Gilgit Baltistan and Chilas. “We haven’t increased your budget, as we are trying to prioritize the areas left behind in the past.”
Therefore, the government is investing in Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan. He also concluded by congratulating Gilgit Baltistan that “Time will prove how much this project will be beneficial and change the fortune of the people living in Chilas and distant areas.”
He said that “the decision made by the past government about generating electricity from oil and coal is useless in today’s situation as we can’t afford foreign pressure of exchange has a leaded problem. We need to think about a positive aspect, especially in this pandemic”.
He stated that when PTI took over the government, it inherited a current account deficit Rs20 billion, most abundant in Pakistan’s history. An existing account never accomplished by other governments in the past.
Imran Khan stated, “The value and importance of the rupee started falling after deciding to generate electricity from imported fuel when the rupee depreciates.
All imports become more expensive, and inflation rises. And affect poor people the most.” As the rupee falls, the budget increased, and the livelihood of people rise the sky. And cause poor people of the country to suffer much.
This project is led as a hope to the people for the unemployed people in Gilgit Baltistan, as said by Prime Minister. And will open opportunities for Pakistan. It would be a phenomenal effort done by the PTI government. The project will also enhance the financial crisis Pakistan is facing right now.
As Prime Minister knows well the unemployment due to Covid-19 and the load shedding crisis people facing nowadays, this project would also overcome these problems altogether by leading quality electricity and jobs.
Being a native of Pakistan, we can completely support our Prime Minister, who is trying to solve the problems we are facing right now. Although the dam’s completion would take some time, Pakistan’s prosperity lies in projects like this.
The previous government has made plans, but least completed them. Pakistan has blessed with a lot of rivers. During the last, when the Tarbela dam and Mangla dam have been constructed, it generated cheaper electricity and boosted our industries. The Bhasha dam project is expecting the same prosperity.
The nation desires a close resolution to the water scarcity and vitality disaster. The Prime Minister should steadfastly fulfill the development of the dam project. This project will prove to be instrumental in developing human resources and creating employment in Pakistan. It is said that this project would be a game-changer in Pakistan.
Mobilisation for Diamer Bhasha:Historic milestone as PM kicks off mega construction work at Diamer Bhasha Dam today.6.4 MAF Water reservoir,will add 1.2 M acres for agriculture,4500 MW cheaper,greener Hydel power, steel/cement/construction boost,16000 jobs.#pakistanmakingprogress pic.twitter.com/4moytVC2tp
— Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) July 15, 2020