OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The compensation rates for land to be acquired for Diamer Bhasha Dam project in district Kohistan of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province will be identical to that of Gilgit Baltistan, chairman WAPDA Shakil Durrani said during a meeting with KPK Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti. A press release issued by WAPDA said that an amount of Rs 92 million has already been deposited with the Kohistan district collector for the purpose, while additional amount vis--vis enhanced rates of the land in the said district will also be transferred to the collector within 15 days for onward payment to the land owners in the district. In June 2011, Kohistan district administration raised the demand of enhanced rates as compensation for land in Kohistan. Subsequently, in a meeting held at the office of Commissioner Hazara Division, it was mutually agreed that the rates of land for Kohsitan affectees would be equal to the rates approved by the ministerial committee constituted for district Diamer. Resultantly, compensation amount for the land to be acquired in district Kohistan has risen from Rs 92 million to Rs 262 billion. APP adds from Islamabad: The Wapda chairman, while talking to Pakistan Television, said that construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam, the third largest water reservoir in the country, would help resolve energy crisis, enhance agriculture production, besides water storage capacity. Agriculture sector would greatly benefit from this big water reservoir project while a sufficient quantity of water could also be stored through the construction of this dam in the country, he said. He said that Diamer-Bhasha Dam would produce cheap hydro energy which would also be helpful for agri sector.