Pakistan launches 4,500 MW dam project

October 19th, 2011 - 4:28 am ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Oct 19 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a 4,500 MW hydro-electric dam project in the country’s picturesque Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The Diamir-Bhasha dam project on the Indus river will cost $12 billion, the official APP news agency reported.

Gilani termed it a historic day and said the project would help mitigate the country’s power crisis, as well as provide water for irrigation.

He praised the political parties for backing the mega project, and the local people who had to sacrifice their ancestral lands “for a great national cause”.

Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah and Chief Minister Mehdi Shah, among others, have attended the foundation laying ceremony.

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