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Design for Bunji hydropower complete

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has completed a detailed engineering design and tender documents of the 7,100 megawatt (MW) Bunji hydropower project, and will soon initiate construction of this project, said Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah in a meeting with Gilgit Baltistan Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana at Wapda House on Monday.

The meeting was held to discuss various Wapda projects in Gilgit Baltistan. Shah said that mega projects such as Bunji and Diamer Basha Dam will help stabilise the national economy and usher in an era of social and economic development in Gilgit Baltistan.

He expressed appreciation for the cooperation being extended by the Gilgit Baltistan government in implementing Wapda projects in the region. Wapda will fulfill all its commitments vis-à-vis construction of the projects and resettlement of affectees, he added.

Later, implementation status of the decisions taken on January 17, 2013 was discussed in detail. The Gilgit Baltistan administration will complete the ground survey and satellite images for geographical mapping of Diamer Basha Dam Project in two weeks, it was said. Handing over government land to Wapda was also discussed at the meeting.

“In view of the significance of the resettlement of Diamer Basha Dam Project affectees, priority should be given to acquire land for construction of model villages in the area,” said Shah.Deliberations were also made about Satpara Dam, Harpo, Bashoo and Phander hydropower projects. It was decided that a study will jointly be conducted by Wapda and Gilgit Baltistan to address the issues relating to Satpara Dam. The study will also assess the future requirements of water in Skardu and adjacent areas, their fulfillment through Shatung Nullah, its environmental impact and a way forward.

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