Diamer Bhasha Dam
Diamer Bhasha Dam

The President of Pakistan during his national address on 17th January 2006 announced the decision of Government to construct 5 multi-purpose storages in the country during next 10 -12 years. Diamer Basha Dam Project will be undertaken in the first phase. Work on the project started after the ground-breaking ceremony by the President of Pakistan. On completion of detailed design and tender documents, the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam – the world’s highest Roller Compacted Concrete Dam will commence.[1] Government to construct 5 multi-purpose – storages Diamer-Bhasha Dam is a gravity dam, in the preliminary stages of construction, on the River Indus in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Its foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan on 18 October 2011, Majority funding being provided by Aga Khan Development Network. Upon completion, Diamer-Bhasha Dam would be the highest roller-compacted concrete (RCC) dam in the world. The dam site is situated near a place called “Bhasha” in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer District, hence the name.

Location:On the River Indus in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Type:Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC)
Local Language Name:دیامیرڈیم
Coordinates :Latitude: 35° 31′ 17.99″ N and Longitude: 73° 32′ 59.99″ E
Height of Dam :272 m
Gross Storage Capacity :8.1 MAF
Live Storage Capacity :6.4 MAF
CCA:There is no direct command area however it will supplement the Indus Command Area
Power Generation :4500 MW 19208 Gwh/year
Diamer Basha:18,097 (Gwh/year)
Execution by :WAPDA
Contractor :Work for core project (Main Dam) is yet to be awarded
Donor Agency :No (Funds for acquisition of land & resettlement are released by GoP whereas preliminary works are being carried out by WAPDA self-financing)
Commencement Date :July 2009 (As per PC-I)
Completion Date :June 2020 (As per PC-I)
Original PC-I Cost :894,257 Total (Rs. Million)
PSDP Allocation FY 2016-17 :14,000 Total (Rs. Million)
(GoP) (WAPDA Self financing):18,360 Total (Rs. Million)
Total Land to be acquired:37,419 Acres
Private Land being purchased:18,357 Acres
Govt. Land to be transferred (free of cost) :19,062 Acres
Private Land Acquired:8,098 Acres

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Diamer-Bhasha Dam Map

The Projects

Diamer-Bhasha Dam

The project is located on Indus River, about 315 km upstream of Tarbela Dam, 165 km downstream of the Northern Area capital Gilgit and 40 km downstream of Chilas. The proposed dam would have a maximum height of 270 m, and imvpound a reservoir of about 7,500,000 acre feet (9.25×109 m3), with live storage of more than 6,400,000 acre feet (7.89×109 m3). Mean annual discharge of Indus River at the site is 50,000,000 acre feet (6.2×1010 m3). Thus the dam will impound 15% of the annual river flow. The dam project would cover an area of 110 km2 and extend 100 km upstream of the damsite up to Raikot Bridge on Karakoram Highway (KKH).[2] The project is located  Indus River –   about 315 km

Resettlement Construction Of Composite Model Villages

Diamer-Bhasha Dam Model


Three (3) Composite Model Villages at Thak Das, Harappa Das and Kino Das with all the amenities shall be developed for resettlement of 4228 affected households / families. Each affected households / families shall be given a residential plot of one kanal free of cost. The construction work of Composite Model Village–II (Harpan Das) is planned through 7 contract packages. 5 contracts have been awarded, other contracts are in pipeline. Work at site is in progress.[3] all the amenities  developed – for resettlement


During Construction of Main Dam the existing KKH is to be used for construction activities while the Bypass on KKH from Shatial to Thor Nullah being constructed by NHA as WAPDA deposit work will be utilized for uninterrupted traffic flow. Contract has been awarded and work is in progress at site.

Land Acquisition

Way to Diamer-Bhasha Dam


  • Land Acquisition process started in 2010 and details are as under:-
  • Total Land to be acquired                             = 37,419 Acres
  • Private Land being purchased                      = 18,357 Acres
  • Govt. Land to be transferred (free of cost)    = 19,062 Acres
  • Private Land Acquired                                   = 8,098 Acres

GBA     7,936 Acres

KPK        162 Acres

  • Govt. Land transferred to DBDP (free of cost) = 17,214 Acres
  • Funds to the tune of Rs. 31,063.000 million have been released for payment of Compensation to affectees in Gilgit-Baltistan against the ADP allocations. Acquisition of remaining private land is actively under consideration of GBA.
  • Rs.325.000 million has been released to D.C. Kohistan for land acquisition of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area for Contractor’s Camp.
  • One Window Compensation Cell has been established by Deputy Commissioner, Diamer.[4] Land Acquisition process started in – 2010 details


Diamer-Bhasha Dam Sign Board

Preliminary works (project colony, model village at Harpan Das) are in progress whereas work on core project is yet to be started. Recently MoW&P on 01.12.2016 asked WAPDA to update PC-Is (one for Dam Part & other for Power Generation Facilities), as a result of presentation made to Cabinet Committee on Energy on 30.11.2016 for implementation of Main Project.In compliance WAPDA submitted PC-I(Dam Part) to MoW&P on 24.02.2017 which has been further forwarded to Planning Commission on 24.03.2017. PC-I (Power Generation Facilities) has been submitted to MoW&P on 13.03.2017.[5] (Power Generation Facilities) has – been submitted

Power Houses

Diamer-Bhasha Dam

  1. No. of Powerhouses: 02
  2. Total Installed Capacity: 4,500 MW
  3. Location of Powerhouses: one each on right and left side
  4. No. of Generator Units: 08
  5. Capacity/Unit: 560 MW
  6. Average Power Generation; 16,500 GWh[6] World Bank  finance USD 14 bln – Pakistani Dam


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