Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that the completion of Diamer-Bhasha dam would serve as future lifeline for the country’s economy, augmenting the power generation, besides boosting agriculture activities.

Speaking after a briefing over the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Diamer on Sunday, the Prime Minister said that 4500 MW project was of immense importance for the country’s economy and stressed that it should be completed ahead of its construction timeline of the year 2029.

He urged to go ahead of its timeline of 2029 and complete it by 2026-27. He said we can achieve it if we advance in unison.

The Prime Minister said that it was a gigantic task and assured all out support from the federal government to complete the project as early as possible.

He also announced the construction of 13km Babusar top tunnel to ensure year’s round traffic flow and asked the authorities to submit a study report to his office.

The Prime Minister said that what happened during last four years was unfortunate. He said early construction of the dam would be a good omen and a milestone in the country’s history.

He regretted that out of 125-130MAF water, they were only saving and utilizing 25-30MAF water annually.

The Prime Minister said the area lacked health facilities. He as chief minister of Punjab had donated a scanning machine for Gilgit.

He directed the authorities concerned to submit a report within a week for the construction of fully equipped hospital in the area to provide the latest health facilities to the population of the area.

Earlier Chairman WAPDA Lt. Gen. (retd) Muzzamil Hussain briefed the prime minister over the ongoing project.

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The Prime Minister was accompanied by members of the National Assembly Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Asif and PML -N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA.

The chairman WAPDA apprised that three mega hydel projects Diamer-Bhasha, Mohmand and Dasu dams worth Rs2.6 trillion were being completed.

Later, the Prime Minister also took an aerial review of Karakorum Highway, 3MW Thuk power project and Chilas cadet college.