WB envoy tours Tarbela 4th extension

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 1, 2019
SWABI: The water resources (WR) minister Muhammad Faisal Vawda along with the World Bank (WB) president David Robert Malpass, on Thursday, visited Tarbela dam project and had a round of the main dam and the power house of Tarbela fourth extension hydropower project.

According to an official statement, speaking on the occasion, WB president Malpass expressed his pleasure over completion of Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project within time and less than estimated cost, adding that the work on the project is impressive.

The efforts of Government of Pakistan (GoP) particularly WR ministry and WR minister Vawda for improvement of water resources in Pakistan were applauded.

WB president appreciated for resolving the issues in relation to completion of Dassu hydel power project, construction of dams and other related projects.

WR minister Vawda thanked the WB for the cooperation it has been providing to Pakistan for harnessing water and hydropower resources since 1960.

He expressed the hope that this cooperation will further enhance for implementation of various projects in the days to come.

Vawda said we are taking comprehensive and effective measures for improvement of water resources and construction of dams in Pakistan.

Pakistan will witness more progress in hydropower and water sectors with cooperation of WB in future.

He said 523 billion units of electricity have been contributed by Tarbela hydel power station to the national grid.

Welcoming the WB president at Tarbela, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) chairman lieutenant general (R) Muzammil Hussain commended that the WB not only helped broker Indus Water Treaty (IWT) between Pakistan and India but also administered the entire financial arrangements with assistance of the friendly countries to complete Indus Basin replacement works, which included two mega dams namely Mangla and Tarbela, five barrages and 9 inter-river link canals to divert water from the western rivers to the eastern.

He also appreciated the WB for financial support for Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project, Dasu hydropower project and upcoming Tarbela 5th extension hydropower project.

WAPDA is looking forward to WB’s support for other projects, located on Indus cascade.

The projects on Indus cascade have the great potential to store water and generate phenomenal hydel electricity, he added.

Briefing the WB president about the benefits of Tarbela dam project, the chairman said that as many as 378 million acre feet (MAF) water has been released from Tarbela reservoir to meet irrigation needs of the country.

In addition, Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project, commissioned last year, has also generated 5.6 billion units - more than the generation envisaged in PC-I of the project.

WR secretary Muhammad Ashraf and senior WB officials were present during the visit.