LAHORE – In line with the decision taken by Wapda, the first instalment to construct temporary housing facility has been handed over to all families whose lands acquired in Thor Valley for the construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam Project (DBDP).

Wapda GM (Land Acquisition and Resettlement) Dr Raheal Ahmad Siddiqui and GM (DBDP) Shoukat Hussain Bhatti delivered cheques to families in Thor Valley of Diamer district in Gilgit Baltistan, said spokesman here on Thursday.

Wapda in its meeting held on February 21, decided to provide temporary housing facilities to all affected families in Thor Valley. The provision of temporary accommodation is in addition to full payment for land and establishment of permanent townships in five years. The amount to each family for construction of alternate accommodation comprising a bedroom along with toilet is being released in three instalments.”

Besides, giving away cheques to affectees, Wapda also set up a 3-day medical camp to provide free medical coverage to families. A team of Wapda doctors comprising physician, general surgeon, eye specialist and child specialist checked up some 926 patients – 80 per cent of whom were women and children. During the camp, medicines were provided free-of-cost to patients in addition to carrying out minor operative procedure.

The construction of first-ever primary school for girls in Chillas has also been started. As a goodwill gesture, Wapda also planned to establish veterinary camps in different valleys by the end of March.