River Indus Diverted to Dasu Hydropower Project
The mighty river Indus was safely diverted from its natural flow and the Dasu Hydropower Project has achieved an important milestone with the construction of the first of two detour tunnels.
According to a news release, the river is currently flowing through a 1.33 km tunnel with a 20 m width and 23 m height. In response, construction on the beginning dam, which would eventually lead to the project’s main dam, has started. The general manager and project director of the Dasu Hydropower Project, representatives from consultants and contractors, as well as a number of engineers and workers, were there for the historic moment.
The Dasu Hydropower Project is an essential part of WAPDA’s plan to generate affordable, environmentally friendly electricity. The project is being developed in the Upper Kohistan region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), across the Indus River from Dasu Town.
The project’s total installed power generation capacity will be 4,320 MW, including stage-2,160 I’s MW capacity, which is expected to start producing electricity in 2026. Stage II will contribute 9 billion power units to the National Grid once it is finished. After all phases are finished, the Dasu Hydropower Project will produce an average of 21 billion units of energy annually, the most in Pakistan.
This is definitely a good news for Pakistanis.
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