Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan initiated the construction of one of the country’s largest dams on Wednesday to meet water and electricity needs. Diamer Bhasha dam will be the country’s third big dam to be built after Tarbela and Mangla dams. It is a multi-purpose dam that will be used for water storage, flood mitigation, divert water for irrigation and power generation.

PM Imran Khan inaugurates the dam

“Diamer Bhasha dam will be the biggest dam in Pakistan’s history,” PM Imran Khan announced at the launch ceremony in Chilas, adding that the dam will benefit the country both economically and environmentally especially the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda, WAPDA, FWO and other senior officials attended the ceremony.

Generate clean energy, create jobs and irrigate lands

Pakistan is now focusing on clean energy to mitigate the climate change impact. The dual benefits of “generating electricity from water instead of furnace oil or coal” will save the country billions of dollars spent on importing fuel while reducing the negative impact on the environment” the premier noted.

The hydel power project would generate 4,500 MW of affordable, clean energy while boosting local industry and also creating more than 16,000 jobs in the country, said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa. The dam’s 6.4MAF (million-acre feet) of water would irrigate at least 1.2 million acres of the agricultural area. Diamer Bhasha dam would increase the country’s storage capacity from 30 to 48 days.

Diamer district is an important as well as the massive district of Gilgit
Baltistan. It has headquarters in Chilas city. ‘Massive’ in terms of that it
has the country’s biggest power generating project, Diamer Bhasha
Dam going on, in here. And secondly, It has the great, famous, and
captivating Nanga Parbat 8125 m situated in this region. Diamer is the
most alluring, pleasing as well as has the dazzling topography. A must-
visit place of North Pakistan, without which your trip cannot be
completed.

Routes to Diamer
Direct flights are scheduled on daily basis from Islamabad to Gilgit
Airport, and from Gilgit, a constant 3-hour road travel can arrive you at
Diamer. Due to no airport in the district, there are no direct flights to
Diamer. Only Gilgit has an airport and receives direct flights from
Islamabad only.
For road travelers, you can board on buses from Islamabad
International Airport through your tourist guide and reach Diamer
directly after a 9 hour traveling via Hazara Motorway/M-15 and N-15.
Best time to visit Diamer
The climate of the region is very moderate and pleasant in Summers
and Springs, as the tourist season commences from May to October.
It’s the best time to see the beauty of Diamer.

Places to visit

The Diamer District is famous for the dreamlike Fairy Meadows.
Thousands of people from all over the world come to visit the
mysterious Nanga Parbat and beautiful Fairy Meadows.
Fairy Meadows and Activities
It has the local name ‘JOOT’ in the region and is the best tourist
destination in the Diamer district. The place provides excellent lush
green grounds, snow-capped peaks, and marvelous natural sceneries
covering all shades of green and light.
The place is well known for camping sites, trekking tracks, and
sweeping landscapes. It has broad views of the great Nanga Parbat.

Nanga Parbat
The base camp for breathtaking Nanga Parbat is fairy meadows. It may
be right that fairy meadows is the launching point of Nanga Parbat.
Nanga Parbat is the world’s ninth-highest peak while the second
highest peak after K2 in Pakistan.
It has 3 amazing basecamp points for trekkers, Diamer point, Raikot
point, and the Rupal Point. Nanga Parbat deriving from the Sanskrit
language has the meaning of Huge Naked Mountain.

Hotel Accommodation
The district has headquarters in a well-developed and equipped town
Chilas having ample restaurants, hotels, and resorts. Tourists stay here
in chilas, in standard, executive, and deluxe rooms, easily available
there. The prices are relatively a bit higher than other places in Gilgit-
Baltistan.

Food
There are continental as well as traditional food serving restaurants are
operating in the region. Diamer is famous for its fresh and healthy
Apricot juice and lamb broths.

Transport
Local transport is easily available in the region, you can also book a
private car, cabin for day-tours.

Don’t Forget!!
It is important to keep your VISA and passport along while moving in
the district as security checkpoints appear often.
The authorities are keeping a strict check on cleanliness standards of
the region therefore it is appreciated to dispose of waste wisely in
polybags and use proper bags.