LAHORE – In another development towards implementation of the multi-purpose Diamer Bhasha Dam Project, three consortiums, comprising 20 renowned international and local firms, have submitted their proposals of consultancy services for construction design, construction supervision and contract administration of the project. Wapda received this response from reputed firms belonging to Europe, America and China in the wake of its notice for Expression of Interest (EoI) for procurement of consultancy services for Diamer Bhasha Dam Project, which is regarded as good omen for the project.

It is pertinent to mention that the Federal Government through Wapda is implementing Diamer Bhasha Dam as a priority project. The project is of immense importance for socio-economic development of the country. On completion, the project will help store 8.1 million acre feet of water for agricultural and generate 4,500MW electricity.  For the multi billion dollar project, acquisition of land, development of infrastructure in the project area and implementation of social action plan including construction of a model village for the displaced populace and other steps leading towards their socio-economic development are continuing side by side. Special emphasis is being laid on resettlement action plan, prepared in accordance with international safeguard policies and guidelines.

  A sum of Rs.68 billion has been earmarked for providing social services to the affectees, Rs.42 billion for acquisition of land and Rs.8 billion for compensation of other assets etc.