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Diamer-Bhasha Dam: President Hints at initiating project next week

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari today said that the laying of foundation stone of Diamer-Bhasha Dam hydro power project early next week is a major step of the present government in addressing the energy issues in the country.

He said this during his meeting with Governor Gilgit Baltistan Pir Karam Ali Shah and Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah, who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr today.

Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar said that matters relating to law and order situation and the status of various development projects initiated by the present government in Gilgit Baltistan came under discussion during the meeting.

The Spokesperson said that Diamer-Bhasha Dam would produce inexpensive hydro energy equal to 4,500 megawatts and ensure food and water security besides increasing the cultivable lands. The Project would also extend the life of Tarbela Dam located downstream by 35 years and would help control flood damages in the country, he said.

The Governor and Chief Minister briefed the President about development projects and the various steps taken in collaboration with the federal government to maintain peace and security in Gilgit Baltistan.

The President assured all out support of the federal government for all the schemes and plans aimed at the development of the Gilgit Baltistan and bringing its people into the mainstream of national life in terms of socio- economic development.

The Governor and Chief Minister thanked the President for his keen interest in the development of Gilgit Baltistan and resolving the issues and problems of the people of Gilgit Baltistan.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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