The Chinese firm, China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), that had stopped work on the Dasu hydropower project on “security concerns”, has indicated it will resume work.

According to a statement by the company, it will resume work on October 25 (Monday) in phases.

It is learnt that the Chinese engineers and foreigners working on the project visited the Dasu dam site.

The Chinese firm instructed all Pakistanis working on the project to be prepared to report back to work.

It said that all workers will be notified of the decision to resume work by telephone.

Instructions have also been issued to the Chinese employees to bring COVID-19 test results and their vaccination records with them.

The company had stopped work on the project, being carried out in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, after 12 people, including nine Chinese workers, were killed on July 14 in a suicide attack on a bus carrying them.

The civil administration, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), and CGGC decided unanimously to suspend construction work on the project for a few days so that strict security measures could be taken.

Since then, WAPDA had been in close coordination with the CGGC high-ups and it was expected that the CGGC will restart construction activities on the project in a few days.


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