ISLAMABAD: A high level meeting in the Ministry of Water and Power led by Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has directed WAPDA to furnish a report regarding available options to construct Bhasha-Diamer Dam.

The government has finally noticed that Asian Development Bank doesn’t seem to invest on the project provided Pakistan did not bow down to India.

It is also worth mentioning here that the government has been claiming that it was about to start the construction on the project and was politically playing on it for many months that no longer seems possible in the absence of any serious financier.

Especially when the government has yet not considered the option of building dam using the country’s own resources that some experts believe is possible very easily.

Ahmed Mukhtar in the meeting on Monday has asked the WAPDA to furnish a report with all the options and commitment from donors to finance the 4500mw Bhasha Diamer Dam Project. The report will be discussed after taking views from EAD and Planning Commission in a meeting to be held next couple of days.

Minister for Water and Power, Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar has claimed during the meeting that Govt is determined to construct the mega water and power sector projects and all the options are being considered for their financing to complete them within shortest possible time frame.

The Minister stated that construction of mega water projects to enhance water shortage and to produce cheaper electricity is the top priority of the government and various projects are being constructed.

Earlier, the Chairman WAPDA briefed the meeting on the current status of the project; its benefits land acquisition, infrastructure development, compensation package, allocation by the govt and other related issues.