Armed forces pitch in for 5,300 MW dams

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – July 10, 2018
ISLAMABAD: The water and power development authority (WAPDA) chairman Muzammil Hussain called on caretaker prime minister (PM) Nasir-ul-Mulk on Monday, apprised Mulk of Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams, construction is scheduled for fiscal year (FY) 2018-19, both are expected to produce at least a total of 5,300 megawatts (MW) electricity.

The inter services public relations (ISPR) director general (DG) Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet on Monday, announced that Pakistan armed forces are contributing to Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams fund.

According to detail, the officers of army, navy and air force will contribute their two days’ pay while soldiers will contribute one day’s pay to the announced fund for the national cause.

Meanwhile, during the meeting of Hussain with Mulk, the PM was apprised that Diamer Bhasha dam project has a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 million acre feet (MAF) and power generation capacity of 4,500 MW.

Likewise, Mohmand dam hydropower project will store 1.2 MAF water and generate 800 MW electricity.

In addition, the 1,410 MW Tarbela fifth extension, the 2,160 MW stage II of Dasu, the 7,100 MW Bunji and the stage II of multipurpose Kurram Tangi dam are also among the “ready-for-construction” projects.

Dilating upon the efforts made by WAPDA to meet the increasing requirements of water and electricity, Hussain said that WAPDA completed four mega projects from August 2017 onwards to irrigate 72, 000 acres of virgin land in Dera Bugti, Balochistan and added 2,487 MW of hydel electricity to the national grid.

The projects included phase one of Kachhi Canal, Golen Gol, Tarbela 4th extension and Neelum Jhelum hydropower projects.

Stage one of Kurram Tangi dam project will be completed in 2020, while the 2,160 MW stage one of Dasu hydropower project is scheduled to start electricity generation by 2023.

PM Mulk expressed satisfaction over the measures being taken by WAPDA for implementation of its projects in water and hydropower sectors. He was of the view that concerted efforts are needed to overcome the impending water crisis.

Separately, as a gesture of goodwill, acting president Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, while donating Rs.1.5 million from his personal account, has said that the chief justice (CJ) has taken a step in the right direction by establishing a separate fund for Bhasha-Diamer and Mohmand dams.