ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda on Monday said the Dasu Hydroelectric Dam, which would generate electricity of 4300 megawatts, was expected to be completed by 2022. Addressing a press conference here, he said the previous government did not focus on the water projects, causing losses of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.
He said some 10,000 acres of land was required for the Dasu Dam, while the last government only secured seven percent or 740 acres.
The minister said the meeting with the World Bank about the project had been pending for months. The previous government was responsible for the losses accrued due to delay in the hydro projects. A delay of two years had occurred in the Dasu Dam project but now the decisions would be taken on a fast track basis and a one window operation would be set up, he added.
The minister said a meeting would be held in Peshawar to resolve the issues related to the Dasu Dam and hurdles in its completion would be removed.
Vawda said his ministry was taking all steps to reduce the losses. He had empowered the officials of his ministry, and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and asked them to work with speed for the completion of projects.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Supreme Court and the people were concerned about water issues, he noted.
He said the completion of the Dasu project would increase electricity generation by 10 percent. However, the electricity, which could have been generated at Rs 5 per unit, would now be generated at Rs 12 per unit due to the delay. Loss of Rs 300 million was being incurred per day or Rs 112 billion every year because of the delay, he added.