Construction of $4bn Dasu Dam to begin soon: CM

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the construction work on Dasu Dam is being started soon which will cost more than four billion dollars.

He said talking to Country Director of World Bank in Pakistan, Rashid Bin Masood who met him at Model Town.

The CM said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government is taking steps rapidly to rid the country of energy crisis and work on different projects is continuing in this regard.

Shahbaz Sharif welcomed the assurance of World Bank for extending cooperation in construction of Dasu Dam.

It was agreed in the meeting to further promote World Bank’s cooperation in ongoing development projects in various social sectors including energy.

Water resources expert of World Bank Masood Ahmad was also present on the occasion.

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that World Bank’s cooperation in energy, education, health, agriculture, irrigation and other social sectors is a good omen.

He said that transparency, merit and good governance have been promoted in Punjab. He said that the programmes of providing relief and best services to the people are continuing successfully.

Shahbaz Sharif said that work on first solar project of Pakistan is continuing speedily in Bahawalpur and this project will be completed before stipulated period.

He said that 100 megawatt electricity will be generated by December 2014 in the first phase while a total of one thousand megawatt electricity will be produced during one and a half years to two years through solar power projects.

The Chief Minister said that Nandipur Power Project has been revived with a new spirit and round the clock work and expressed the hope that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate this project during current month.

He said the Punjab Government has made planning to start small hydle projects at various places and a comprehensive mechanism will be evolved with the cooperation of World Bank for launching small hydle projects in Punjab.

Shahbaz Sharif said that the projects of national importance like Dasu Dam should have been started in the country many years ago but previous rulers paid no attention to it. He said that the cooperation of World Bank regarding construction of big dams for overcoming energy crisis is commendable.

Country Director of World Bank in Pakistan, Rashid Bin Masood said that World Bank would continue cooperation in energy, small hydle projects, agriculture, irrigation and education sectors. He said that the pace of work on the ongoing programmes in agriculture and irrigation sectors is highly satisfactory. He said that Punjab government led by Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is implementing various programmes expeditiously.