Islamabad, March 05, 2019 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Water Resources, Muhammad Faisal Vawda has been briefed by Senior Member Board of Revenue KP and Commissioner Hazara Division that after painstaking efforts of the District Administration of Kohistan Districts, the potential affectees of the Dasu Hydropower dam project area have agreed to accept the compensation of built up properties and taking escalation on the negotiated land rates without pressing on change of land categories in larger national interest so that the acquisition process can be put on fast track.
The Federal Minister was chairing the 14th Steering Committee Meeting of Dasu Dam Hydropower Project today in Ministry of Water Resources. The meeting was attended by the senior officials of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, WAPDA and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources among others. Re-categorization of land from Rural to Semi-urban and Semi-urban to Urban was a long standing demand of the local people which is now off the discussion table.
This can be termed as a significant move forward towards land acquisition for the Dasu Hydropower project. However, the locals of the area have demanded that the land rates have appreciated since the last negotiations done in 2015. Mr. Vawda directed the project team to work out a formula with rational basis to calculate the rate of appreciation in the land rates which will cause an increase in the total cost of land and will require ECNEC approval. Dasu Hydropower project will have total installed capacity of 4,320 Mega watts of electricity with 12 generating units and is among the priority projects under the National Water Policy.
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