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KOHISTAN, October 13: The residents of Kohistan district have once again stopped work on the Dassu hydropower project because the authorities did not fulfill their demands, including the issue of land prices.

Local elders told a Jirga, chaired by Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Abdus Sattar Khan, that price of land per kanal in the area was worth more than 3.5 million rupees but that the authorities were offering 0.7 million rupees per kanal of the land being used for construction of the dam.

The Jirga has also asked WAPDA, the national electric company, to recruit local residents in the project.

The Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif, had inaugurated the first phase of the over 4,000-megawatt hydropower project in June this year. Las month the residents had stopped work on the project because they did not agree on the land prices fixed by the government.

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