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Dasu dam: A driver of socioeconomic development in Pakistan

Generation of electricity from Dasu Hydro power project would start in the year 2026 which will enormously contribute to dealing with the increasing demand

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Dasu Hydro Power Project is a driver of socioeconomic development in the country, stabilizing Pakistan’s economy by the provision of cheap hydel electricity to the people. The Federal Minister for Water Resources Khursheed Shah, WAPDA Chairman Naveed Asghar Chaudhry, and the whole team of project including representatives, consultants, and contractors, visited Dasu Dam site recently.

Generation of electricity from Dasu Hydro power project would start in the year 2026 which will enormously contribute to dealing with the increasing demand of the country by infusing substantial cheap and environment-friendly electricity into the national grid.

As said by the WAPDA General Manager and Project Director Anwar-ul-Haq, the project was split into two stages, with installed production capacity of 2160 MW and annual energy production of 12 billion cheap and green electricity in stage I. The stage-II, when executed, would also give 9 billion units.

The Federal Minister said, “We have been adopting measures to revive the economy and put the country on the path of prosperity and development.” Whereas he criticized the management of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government, stating that due to this mismanagement the country was now experiencing high inflation and other economic problems.

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In addition, former MNA Mehboob-Ur-Rehman raised the concern for the suffering of the people of Upper Kohistan due to non-existence of roads and other infrastructure. The Minister gave a positive response that the government should work to resolve their problems.

Lack of electricity is a major setback for the downfall in exports as well as the overall economy. This is a significant mission towards stabilizing financial system of Pakistan

Moreover, such a progress would ultimately provide employment to the local people which would compensate their grievances.  Around 3300 jobs, including 1808 for locals, have already been provided, which will expand to 8000 jobs during peak construction phase of the project.