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    Diamer Bhasha Dam updates

    * Approximately 22,000 people in 30 villages likely to be displaced due to dam

    By Zeeshan Javaid

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Thursday approved Rs 41 billion as compensation for the effectees of 4,500 megawatts (MW) billion-dollar Diamer Bhasha hydropower project.

    With a storage capacity of about 8 million acres feet (MAF) and projected electricity generation of 4,500 MW, Diamer Basha would top both Tarbela and Mangla dams, whose storage capacities have fallen drastically due to silting over the years, while the federal government claimed that the said project would take eight years to complete.

    The federal minister for Kashmir affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) called on Prime Minister Raja Perez Ashraf at the PM House, where he briefed about the affairs of Kashmir and GB particularly energy projects.

    Raja directed the minister for Kashmir affairs to expedite work on Diamer Bhasha project as it was of national importance, adding the government has approved Rs 41 billion as compensation for the affectees of this project.

    Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had inaugurated 4,500 MW Diamer Bhasha Dam on October 2011.

    The Diamer Bhasha Dam will be the lifeline for the country’s economy, while approximately 22,000 people in 30 villages are likely to be displaced due to the dam.

    The project will take eight years to complete and will cost over $12 billion. In addition to the Rs 11.5 billion already allocated for the project, however an additional Rs 1 billion has been allocated for repair and expansion of Karakoram Highway and other roads in the region.

    The resettlement of 24,350 people is underway and people of the project site have received more than 50 percent payment of compensation by the federal government, however if the project won’t stop then 1,600 acres agriculture land in GB region could be barren and 2,833 household families could lose their earning source.

    The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) had exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on December 13, 2011 on Diamer Bhasha Dam, which was a major development for the project.

    The ADB has also agreed to become the financial adviser for the dam, which augurs well for the hydropower mega project.

    The dam’s capacity of 8 MAF water and power generation capacity of 4,500 MW would help bring industrial and agriculture revolution in the country besides creating tens of thousands of job opportunities and project would recover the entire cost within seven years.

    The project would produce electricity worth $2 billion annually besides sufficient water storage capacity for the agriculture to irrigate 2 million acres of land in the country. It is easy to imagine the boost the agriculture sector would get when two million acres of land would start giving yield and its consequential staggering social impact.

    It would also increase the life of Tarbela Dam for another 35 years because the downstream silting would be reduced to a considerable extent.

    An official said that during the past 10 years water reservoirs stood at an average of 3.5 MAF, which resulted into less power generation and less water for the agriculture sector, affecting the agriculture and industrial production.

    Federal Minister Manzoor Wattoo appreciated Raja for his keen interest in taking measures to solve energy crisis, reduction in oil prices, issue of missing persons and resumption of NATO supply lines.

    The federal minister also apprised Raja about the unanimous passage of budget in Azad Jammu and Kashmir assembly as well as progress on mega hydel projects including Mangla Dam Raising Project.

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    Diamer Bhasha Dam: Russia wants to take up project without bidding

    Diamer Bhasha Dam: Russia wants to take up project without bidding

    By Zafar Bhutta
    Published: September 12, 2012



    The Diamer Bhasha Dam is a strategic project with power generation capacity of 4,500MW, which is crucial in overcoming the energy crisis. PHOTO: FILE

    ISLAMABAD: Russia is seeking direct award of a construction contract for the $13 billion Diamer Bhasha Dam in a government-to-government deal without resorting to international competitive bidding, sources say.

    Faced with water and power shortages, Pakistan is looking for funds from China and Russia, who in turn want a government-to-government deal without international bidding.

    The government’s search for funds came after multilateral donors asked Pakistan to get a no-objection certificate from India for the dam’s construction.

    China and Russia want a similar arrangement for undertaking the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, which has faced fierce opposition from the United States.

    According to sources, Pakistan and Russia are likely to strike a final deal on the dam during visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Islamabad next month.

    “A meeting of Pak-Russia inter-ministerial commission will be held before the visit of Russian president, which will work out a mechanism for financing mega projects,” a government official said.

    In a meeting of the Inter-governmental Commission (IGC) held here on Monday, government officials gave a detailed briefing to the Russian team on planned energy projects. However, sources said, Russia made no firm commitment to the dam.

    According to the official, it was just a preparatory meeting to discuss different projects, which could be tabled during deliberations with the Russian president.

    In the IGC meeting, the Russian side was told that Bhasha Dam was a strategic project with power generation capacity of 4,500 megawatts to overcome the energy crisis. It will have water storage capacity of 8.5 million acre feet to feed the agricultural sector.

    Chinese offer

    The Chinese government has already offered Pakistan skilled labour for the construction of Bhasha Dam. China has 17,000 skilled workers, who have worked on the giant Three Gorges Dam, which is producing 30,000 megawatts of electricity.

    On the other hand, multilateral donors have asked Pakistan to seek a no-objection certificate from India to pave the way for financing the dam, which they say is situated in a disputed territory. Instead, they have offered to finance another project – Dasu hydropower, but the government has rejected the plan and wants to complete Bhasha Dam first.

    On Monday, a delegation of the World Bank, headed by Country Director Rachid Benmessaud, called on Federal Water and Power Minister Ahmed Mukhtar and once again offered to finance phase-I of the Dasu project.

    Dasu hydropower project is situated 7 km upstream of Dasu village on Indus River and 350 km from Islamabad. The project is located in Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

    Diamer Bhasha Dam: Russia wants to take up project without bidding – The Express Tribune
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    Russia to help build Diamer-Bhasha Dam


    THE deliberations of Pakistan-Russia Joint Ministerial Commission meeting, held in Islamabad on Monday, were productive in the sense that the two countries have agreed to boost cooperation in different sectors especially the area of most concern for Pakistan ie energy. In a highly encouraging development, the Russian side is reported to have shown keen interest in extending cooperation to Pakistan in the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Munda dams.

    This is indeed part of the proactive role that Russian Federation is playing in regional economic collaboration and forging bilateral ties with Pakistan. During several multilateral moots, the Russian leadership also vowed to provide finances for projects like CASA-1000 and TAPI and commitment for the purpose was reiterated during Islamabad round of talks. The Russian offer to provide assistance in building much-needed Diamer-Bhasha and Munda dams to help overcome water and energy crisis in Pakistan assumes significance in the backdrop of reports that multilateral institutions like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank are dragging their feet on provision of finances for Diamer project on the pretext of No Objection Certificate from India. As authorities concerned are exploring alternative avenues to shore up funds for this vital project, the Russian offer must be taken with all seriousness and steps taken on priority basis to materialise this at the earliest. We are sure that with Russian assistance and cooperation from some Gulf countries, Pakistan can implement water projects of crucial economic significance. If the country prepares its case carefully and minutely, there are bright chances of some headway on this and some other projects like the much-talked-about expansion plan of Karachi Steel Mills during forthcoming visit of the Russian President to Pakistan. In fact, Russians are willing to forge ties with Pakistan yet the impression of lack of consistency on the part of Pakistani leadership and decision-makers is marring prospects of some breakthrough. Therefore, it is imperative that Pakistan should work hard to improve its reliability as a Russian partner and we believe this is need of the time as Pakistan cannot afford to continue with the policy of looking solely towards the West, a policy that has not paid as much as it should have.

    Russia to help build Diamer-Bhasha Dam

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    I cant wait for Mr putin to come to Pakistan. I am sure they will announce the signing of many contracts beneficial to both countries

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    Quote Originally Posted by sami View Post
    I cant wait for Mr putin to come to Pakistan. I am sure they will announce the signing of many contracts beneficial to both countries
    I hope the pipeline is signed with Russia

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    Good news. We should also make Kala Bagh Dam, our demand will become thrice after the 15 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Crow View Post
    Good news. We should also make Kala Bagh Dam, our demand will become thrice after the 15 years.
    lol if only our leaders had this foresight to plan for the future

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    still waiting for some solid source

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Crow View Post
    Good news. We should also make Kala Bagh Dam, our demand will become thrice after the 15 years.

    my dear if our lovely innocent politicians mafe every thing now then what they will do after 15 years? onwhich basis they will get votes?

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    Diamer Bhasha: Only reforms will pave way for dam financing

    Diamer Bhasha: Only reforms will pave way for dam financing

    By Shahbaz Rana
    Published: October 19, 2012

    ISLAMABAD: Inability to reform the power sector is perhaps the government’s biggest failure and seems to be becoming a hurdle in the way of foreign loans, as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has linked funding for Diamer Bhasha Dam with the much-needed reforms.

    The message was conveyed to Pakistani authorities here on Thursday by a visiting delegation of the ADB. The delegation, led by Executive Director Maurin Sitorus, comprised members of the board of directors of the Manila-based lending agency.

    According to the finance ministry, Sitorus said the energy sector and infrastructure reforms were the focus areas of the ADB.

    The government has been trying to persuade the ADB to become lead financier for the 4,500-megawatt Diamer Bhasha Dam, which needs financing of $11.4 billion. After initially committing funds, the ADB has shown reluctance until other lenders come forward.

    In the meeting, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh asked the delegation to send a review mission for Diamer Basha Dam, according to a press release issued by the finance ministry. The statement was released after the delegation’s meeting with Shaikh in his office.

    Shaikh, who headed all committees on energy reforms, is increasingly coming under pressure for his indecisiveness and inability to convince the president and prime minister to implement recommendations of the committees.

    Sources said the delegation did not commit anything, even about the review mission. The government wants to see the mission that will revive ADB’s commitment to the project – a gesture the bank is not ready to make until the government addresses key concerns.

    The inefficient power sector is one of the reasons behind sluggish economic growth of the country. Instead of resolving the problems of the sector, the government has given Rs1.2 trillion in subsidies in the last four and a half years, most of which went to cover the cost of bad governance, theft and line losses.

    In the second meeting, held at the Planning Commission, the ADB delegation asked the government to first do what it failed to do in the last four and a half years, said the sources.

    They called for rationalising tariffs, controlling circular debt and improving performance of power generation and distribution companies. The delegation raised these concerns when government officials again requested the bank to become the lead financier and send a review mission.

    The delegation cited examples of Bangladesh and India where many mega projects could not be completed due to their inability to remove bottlenecks in the power sector.

    In an effort to rationalise tariffs, the Planning Commission deputy chairman said the government had increased electricity tariffs by 80% in the last three years. However, the delegation seemed unsatisfied and asked the officials to focus on other areas as well including improvement in governance as only the increase in tariffs would not resolve the problem.

    The Wapda chairman asked whether the delay in reforms meant that the ADB would not fund the mega project. The bank was assured that the government would try to simultaneously take forward both reforms and Diamer Bhasha Dam.

    Shaikh blames media


    To a question raised by a member of the ADB team about declining investment in the country, Shaikh said the issue was being exaggerated by the media, according to the finance ministry’s statement.

    While Shaikh blames the media, the central bank’s investment figures tell the true story. From July to September, the country received only $87.2 million in foreign direct investment, $176 million or 67% less than the corresponding period of previous year.

    When the PPP government took over in 2008, the FDI stood at $5.4 billion, which came to an average of $1.35 billion in each quarter.

    Diamer Bhasha: Only reforms will pave way for dam financing – The Express Tribune
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    Construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam

    Rs 13.7bn allocated for Diamer Bhasha Dam project


    LAHORE: The 4,500 megawatts (MW) Diamer Bhasha Dam Project is being implemented on priority, as the federal government has allocated about Rs 13.78 billion for the project during the fiscal year 2012-13.

    The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Raghib Shah expressed these views while talking to Gilgit Baltistan Works Minister Bashir Ahmed, Health Minister Haji Gulber Khan and Taxation and Minerals Minister Muhammad Naseer Khan.

    He said as many as 14 local contracts had already been awarded and construction work on WAPDA offices, colonies, contractors’ camp and road infrastructure in the project area was in full swing. He said that the process to acquire land for the project in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was also started while a sum of Rs 6.85 billion had been paid to the respective governments till June 2012 for the purpose.

    The multi-purpose Diamer Bhasha Dam Project would usher in an era of prosperity and development in the country, particularly in Gilgit-Baltistan. He said a lucrative compensation package for affectees of the project had been devised in accordance with international standards.

    Gilgit-Baltistan ministers assured WAPDA of their full support in implementation of the project. Discussing the matters relating to the project, they apprised him of the demands of the locals. The chairman said WAPDA would look into the matter sympathetically within the rules.

    Diamer Bhasha Dam Project is located in Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On completion, the project will store 8.1 million acre feet of water in addition to generating about 20 billion units of low-cost hydel electricity every years.

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    Wonder how much of it will get "misplaced"?

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    Construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam

    US to provide $3.5 billion for Diamer Bhasha Dam

    By Our Correspondent
    Published: January 3, 2013

    “Financing is the main problem and we are trying to convince ADB and the World Bank to lend assistance,” says WAPDA chairman.

    ISLAMABAD: As multilateral donors do not take keen interest in financing Diamer Bhasha Dam, the United States has agreed to lend support and provide $3.5 billion for the critical project, which will cost $14 billion and ease growing water and power shortage in the country.

    Giving a briefing to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Water and Power here on Wednesday, Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Syed Raghib Ali Shah said the Asian Development Bank (ADB) refused to extend any financial assistance for the project. This came despite the fact that Pakistan has met all conditions including reforms in power sector and reaching consensus on the project.

    “ADB is following in the footsteps of the World Bank, considering northern areas of Pakistan a disputed territory. Owing to this reason, it has held back financing for the dam, which will generate 4,500 megawatts of electricity,” he said.

    “Financing is the main problem and we are trying to convince ADB and the World Bank to lend assistance.”

    Shah pointed out that the shortage of funds prompted the government to also contact its friends in a bid to swiftly complete the project. “China, South Korea and Turkey have been approached for financial assistance.”

    In the past three years, Wapda has conducted feasibility studies and prepared reports on the project. All stakeholders had reached consensus on the construction of the dam, Shah said.Rs 9b

    The government has started work on the dam and, according to Shah, Rs9 billion has so far been spent on laying infrastructure and paying compensation to land owners.

    Highlighting the efforts made to increase power supply, he said 402 megawatts would be added to the grid by June this year, adding the Tarbela extension project, scheduled to be completed in 2016, would increase power supply by 1,400MW.

    In addition to these, 40% work has been completed on the Neelum Jhelum hydropower project.

    Discussing the issue of unpaid power bills, Shah said government departments owed a massive Rs15.56 billion to the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO). The panel decided to invite the Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman in the next meeting for comments on the dues CDA had to pay IESCO.

    Committee member Sajjadul Hassan, while expressing dismay over the reluctance of donors to provide funds, said no donor would be ready to extend assistance for the dam because of it being in a disputed territory. “This project may turn out to be another Kalabagh Dam,” he remarked.

    The panel meeting, presided over by Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, also discussed the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2012. It provided time to its members to study the bill and come back with useful feedback in the next meeting.

    The panel took serious note of the absence of minister and secretary of the Ministry of Water and Power and issued directives that they must attend the next meeting.

    US to provide $3.5 billion for Diamer Bhasha Dam – The Express Tribune
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    i hope it gets used for the dam and not lining someone elses pockets

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    If US is to fund such an amount, the Congress will most probably ask for transparency and supervision. Building material, technical staff and expertise will most probably be provided by USA.
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    and its certainly welcomed

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    Diamer Bhasha Dam: WAPDA seeks proposals for consultancy services

    Diamer Bhasha Dam: WAPDA seeks proposals for consultancy services


    In a significant development towards the construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) on Wednesday issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) to three pre-qualified consortiums for consultancy services for important works on the project.

    The consortiums, led by Aecom of the US, Mott Mac Donald Limited of the UK and Lahmeyer of Germany, have been asked to submit their proposals for construction supervision and contract administration.

    Diamer Bhasha Dam is part of a water storage development and least-cost energy generation plan. It is a multi-purpose project aimed at storing water for agriculture, mitigating floods and generating low-cost hydroelectric power.

    After completion, the project will store 8.1 million acre feet of water and generate 4,500 megawatts of electricity, contributing about 20 billion units of low-cost electricity annually to the national grid.

    Owing to its immense importance for socio-economic development in the country, the federal government is working on the Diamer Bhasha Dam as a priority project.

    For construction of the dam, acquisition of land, development of infrastructure in the project area and implementation of social action plan are continuing simultaneously through funds provided by the government. The acquisition of land is in progress through the governments of Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

    Work on 15 contracts for constructing Wapda offices, colonies, contractors’ camps, roads and other infrastructure in the project area is progressing satisfactorily, Wapda says in a press release.

    Special emphasis is being laid on the resettlement action plan, prepared in accordance with international safeguard policies and guidelines. This plan includes construction of model villages for the displaced and other steps leading to socio-economic development of the local populace.

    In addition, special arrangements are being made to preserve pre-historic rock carvings and local cultural heritage with the help of international experts.

    The government and Wapda are working on a number of options to make financial arrangements for construction of the multi-billion-dollar dam.

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    Diamer Bhasha Dam: Govt seeks ADB financing to kick-start project, again

    Diamer Bhasha Dam: Govt seeks ADB financing to kick-start project, again
    By Our Correspondent / Creative: Jamal KhurshidPublished: July 21, 2013


    Helping Hand: $4b is the assistance Japan has pledged for Diamer Bhasha Dam. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID

    ISLAMABAD: As the $14 billion strategically important Diamer Bhasha Dam remains stuck due to reluctance of international financiers, Pakistan has again requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to release funds for the much-delayed project.

    Finance Minister Ishaq Dar made the request in a meeting with ADB’s Country Director Werner Liepach here on Saturday.

    Dar said the new government was working on various initiatives to jump-start the economy and “looks forward to ADB’s assistance for the construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam”, according to an official handout released by the Ministry of Finance.

    Liepach was said to be supportive of the project and said the ADB was willing to work with Pakistan in designing a “workable model for the implementation of the project”.

    An earlier move by the ADB to bring the World Bank on board for co-financing the project backfired when the WB insisted that the ADB first seek a no-objection certificate from India – a condition that has delayed the project. Delhi believes that the project site is in a disputed territory.
    The ADB has taken a lot of flak after asking for Indian NOC at the eleventh hour when Pakistan had already met agreed prerequisites. The ADB wanted the WB to provide $2.5 billion to match its financing.

    Compared to initial estimates of $11.2 billion, the revised cost of Diamer Bhasha Dam is touching $14 billion and construction work is yet to start. Lately, Japan has come forward with a $4 billion package for purchase of machinery, but still the lead financier is missing.

    Liepach said the Manila-based lending agency was ready to work with international financial institutions and the government of Pakistan on energy, transport and infrastructure projects.
    ADB’s Director General for West-Asia Department Klaus Gerhaensser is also coming to Pakistan next week to interact with the new government. The visit is aimed at understanding the policies and plans so that the ADB can prioritise its projects and programmes in line with the requirements of the government.

    The ADB was in the process of reviewing Pakistan’s annual portfolio and the business operation plans.

    It was not clear whether the government would also take up Diamer Bhasha financing issue with Gerhaensser.

    Liepach reaffirmed that the ADB was keen to work closely with Pakistan in its efforts to reinvigorate the economy. The bank was already extending technical, advisory and financial support to the government in translating its plans and concepts into financially viable projects and their efficient execution.

    During the meeting, both sides held in-depth discussions on the policies and measures being taken by the government to steer the economy out of its present challenges and place it on the road to growth and development.

    Liepach expressed the hope that Pakistan would increase its share in projects, thus the ADB could assist in participating in a larger number of projects.

    Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2013.
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    Re: Diamer Bhasha Dam: Govt seeks ADB financing to kick-start project, again

    Wonder when we will get enough dams or when the $$ we get will ACTUALLY be channeled for whatever it was sent for! Till date we are paying for debts we didnt even know we had! $$ which came and got lost in bureaucracy! and yet the country has to pay for it?!
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    Re: Diamer Bhasha Dam: Govt seeks ADB financing to kick-start project, again

    We are paying for the incompetence of those that we have elected to look after us
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