Lahore  - The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) spokesperson has clarified a news item titled “Land worth $1 billion procured for Diamir-Bhasha Dam” appeared in The Nation on March 7, 2016.

The spokesperson has said that the news item does not reflect the factual position as far as acquisition of land for Diamer Basha Dam Project is concerned. He made it clear that a sum of Rs. 65 billion is required for compensation of land and assets, out of which the Federal Government has released Rs. 55.042 billion to WAPDA. So far, Rs. 45.388 billion has been transferred to the Deputy Commissioner Diamer in Gilgit-Baltistan and Deputy Commissioner Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the purpose, who have paid Rs. 37.885 billion to the affectees as compensation of their land and assets.

The spokesperson has further said that as many as 37,000 acres of land is to be procured for the project, while 76 percent of the land has so far been acquired. He concluded that the process of acquiring the land is expected to be completed in June this year.