Lahore: The project steering committee (PSC) for the Dasu hydropower project is expected to meet on January 8, 2019, a news report stated. It has been estimated that the federal government will have to incur PKR 18 billion in costs if it accepts the recommendations forwarded by the special committee for the project. The recommendations are in regard to resolving the issue of land acquisition for Dasu hydropower project, which will contribute to a demand of 4,300 megawatts.
During the PSC meeting, the special committee will submit its preliminary report. A senior official involved with the project’s ongoing discussions stated that a preliminary report; also serving as a proposal, has been prepared. The report has been concluded after meetings with the representatives of the people affected, local politicians, and other noteworthy individuals.
The official further added that around 3% of the total cost will be incurred if demands made by the affected are accepted. The total cost is over PKR 600 billion for both of the two stages to be completed for Dasu Dam. In an additional comment, the official said the special committee is only responsible for submitting the report and it will be the government’s decision to accept or reject the proposal.
A petition signed by the representatives of the affected people has also been prepared. This will be submitted to PSC by the local MNA.
The deadline for utilisation of the funds approved in 2014 was extended for one year for a third time. The major reason behind funds not being utilised is the land acquisition issue. The official ensured that the prepared report is in line with the demands of the affected, and affidavits have been taken that these demands will not increase in future.
When the PSC accepts this submitted report and proposal, it will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for final approval. Ecnec’s approval will lead to the allocation of required funds.