Diamer Basha Dam


basha2Location: 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.
Salient Features
Dam Type Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC)
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)

(Tarbela                  =  1,111  (Gwh/year)

Execution by WAPDA
Supervision Consultants

EOI documents received on 15 Feb 2017. Six (06) Joint ventures of International & National consulting firms submitted the EOI documents. Evaluation is under process.

Contractor Work for core project (Main Dam) is yet to be awarded.
Donor Agency

(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)
Financial Status Local (Rs. Million) FEC (Rs. Million) Total (Rs. Million)
Original PC-I Cost 581,314 312,943 894,257

1st Revised  PC- I Cost 

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PSDP Allocation FY 2016-17 (GoP) (WAPDA Self financing)







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.


Incharge of the Project     

Muhammad Nawaz Butt

General Manager (DBDP), WAPDA, Chilas

Contact # 0092-5812-920209