Chairman WAPDA visits accident site at Diamer Basha Dam Project


GILGIT BALTISTAN, Apr 08 (DNA): Chairman WAPDA Engr Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani
(Retd) visited Diamer Basha Dam Project in the wake of an incident that
took place on Friday at one of the construction sites of the project.

The Chairman had a detailed round of the incident’s site and interacted
with the workers during the visit. GM (Security), CEO Diamer Basha
Company, GM (Diamer Basha Dam Project) and representatives of the
Contractors and the Consultants were also present.

Earlier, the management of Diamer Basha Dam Project informed the
Chairman about causes of the accident and details about rescue and
relief operation.

The Chairman expressed grief over the loss of precious lives.
Emphasising upon the Contractors and the Consultants to thoroughly
re-look at the current safety guidelines, he directed the project
management to put in place at all construction sites an effective safety
mechanism to avoid such incidents in future.

The Chairman also gave away cheques of the compensation amount to the
workers who sustained minor injuries in Friday’s accident. It is to be
mentioned that Chairman WAPDA had already announced compensation of Rs.
500,000 each for the families of deceased, Rs. 500,000 each for the
workers severely injured and Rs. 200,000 each for the workers with minor
injuries. This compensation is in addition to the one which the
affectees of the incident will receive from the Contractor as per rules.

Diamer Basha Dam Project is being constructed on River Indus,
40-Kilometer downstream of Chilas town. Construction work is
simultaneously underway on more than dozen of sites.

Chairman WAPDA also visited under-construction Dasu Hydropower Project
and reviewed construction work on starter dam, cut-of-wall and
under-ground power house.

He was briefed that the second diversion tunnel is scheduled for
completion in mid April, while cut-of-wall in mid May. River diversion
system will also stand completed by mid May to pass through River Indus

The Chairman urged upon the project authorities to complete construction
work as per the schedule. The 2160-MW Phase-I of Dasu Hydropower Project
is likely to start electricity generation in 2026.