PM performs groundbreaking of Tarbela Dam’s fifth extension

By Staff Reporter
Friday – August 13, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan, under incumbent regime’s ‘Decade of Dams 2018-28’ vision performed the groundbreaking of $807 million Tarbela fifth extension hydropower project (T-5), on Thursday.

According to a press release, the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are providing $390 million and $300 million, respectively, for the project to be completed by 2024.

The PM on this occasion was given a detailed briefing on the project by water and power development authority (WAPDA) chairman lieutenant general (Lt. Gen.) retired (R) Muzamil Hussain.

During the briefing, it was told that T-5 will enhance the life of Tarbela Dam by addressing the issue of sedimentation and ensuring sustainable irrigation releases.

PM Khan was apprised that the project will generate another 1,530 megawatts (MW) of low cost and environmental friendly electricity.

With completion of T-5, installed capacity of Tarbela Dam will increase from 4,888 MW to 6,418 MW, it was told.

The PM was informed that T-5 will provide 1.347 billion units of low-cost and green energy to the national grid on the average every year.

The project will generate around 3,000 employment opportunities during the construction phase, it was briefed.

PM Khan on this occasion also planted a sapling of pine tree.

The national assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser, federal ministers Umar Ayub Khan, Moonis Ilahi, Farrukh Habib, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) governor Shah Farman and KP chief minister (CM) Mehmood Khan were also present on the occasion.