The World Bank in its implementation report declared the progress of the project moderately unsatisfactory. The report points out that progress on this project remained slower than the expectations. According to WB, land acquisition has only reached 742 acres, out of 1,987 acres needed for the construction areas.
The report said the augmented delay during the last two years in acquiring land has hit a juncture where it is directly impacting the pace of the main works construction. Hence, the implementation progress has therefore been set to moderately unsatisfactory, said the World Bank.
Pakistan is facing a severe water shortage for agriculture and human consumption. This dam will not only generate cheap electricity but also store the much needed water for crops. It is important to complete this project on time. The ministry water resources and WAPDA should enhance the speed of work to satisfy the World bank.
According to the report prepared by international lender based in Washington, USA, preparatory work is only 24% complete compared to expected 100% and civil works completion has touched less than 1% against the expected 20%.
The Dasu Dam is a 2,160 MW run-of-river Greenfield project located about 240 km upstream from Tarbela Dam on main River Indus. The project comprises six generating units of 360 MW each as well as 250 km, 765 kV double circuit transmission line from Dasu to Islamabad.
The estimated cost of the Dasu Dam project is around $4.278 billion. The International Development Association (IDA), an arm of the World Bank has provided a credit equating to $588.4 million and a partial credit guarantee (PCG) of $460 million has been approved.
The loan provided by the World Bank is primarily being used for project supervision, implementation of social and environmental management plans, and preparatory works such as relocation of Karakoram Highway (KKH), access roads, offices and residential colonies.
The report also highlighted the poor safety management, accidents and deaths have occurred during the construction work. The key actions identified include accelerating the land acquisition; improve occupations safety and health management.
The World Bank in its report acknowledged the increased interest of ministry of water resources and KPK government in the construction work and other matters since November 2018. The government is now taking keen interest to clear all the obstacles to complete the construction work on time.
Additionally, it includes the bolstering the Wapda Project Management Unit and to decentralize the decision-making process to project level, so execution can become more efficient, said WB.
To resolve the land acquisition problems, key decisions have been taken by the Project Steering Committee held in Peshawar on November 6th, 2018, which was presided over by the Minister of Water Resources Faisal Wauda.
World Bank said that a committee setup by the KP government in November 2018 has commenced work to resolve the land acquisition issues and will present its recommendations in the next steering committee meeting.
The implementation report stated that Wapda in assistance with the Ministry of Water Resources was working to remove obstacles for the efficient project execution and improved safety management.
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18 February, 2019