Nine hydel projects: ‘work to be undertaken within next five years’

Posted on June 14, 2011. Filed under: Hydal |

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Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) will undertake work on nine hydel power projects with a capacity of generating more than 24,000 mega watts electricity during the next five years, while Diamer-Bhasha and Kurram Tangi Dam Projects are ready for construction.

This was stated by Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Barrister Masood Kausar during a briefing here on Saturday. The governor, on a point, assured full security for Wapda consultants and contractors working on different projects Fata and directed to resolve all issues hindering progress of work on these projects. He particularly referred to Bara Dam project and said that it would have far reaching impact on the socio-economic condition of the entire area, both in the tribal and settled ones.

He asked Nespak to complete detailed engineering design of Bara Dam project, so that it could be implemented at the earliest. Regarding provision of funds for Bara Dam project, he assured that the matter would be taken up with the federal government at appropriate level.

Earlier, Chairman Wapda, Shakeel Durrani briefed the governor about the ongoing as well as planned projects including Bara Dam inKhyber Agency, Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan Agency, Munda Dam in Mohmand Agency, Golen Gol Hydle Power Project in Chitral, Tank Zam and Daraban Zam Dams in D.I.Khan. He also presented an overview of the total current hydel stations operations, adding that the total installed capacity of 14 hydel stations in operation is 6,464MW while 1,405 MW was in process.

The meeting was told that feasibility study of Bara Dam was completed in 2008 and the project, approved by ECNEC would cost above Rs 14 billion. Detailed engineering design and preparation of Tender documents were in progress. The project would be completed in five year’s period and on completion, would make the existing irrigation system functional, create job opportunities, reduce flood damages and provide treated drinking water besides generating 4.8 MW power.

With regard to Kurram Tangi Project, it was stated that the project, having 84 MW power generation capacities is ready for construction and would be completed in four years period with an estimated cost of Rs 59 billion. Regarding Munda Dam, the meeting was informed that work on its documentation is in progress, including short listing of consultants for detailed engineering design and preparation of tender documents.

The design will be completed within two years with total construction period of seven years. Munda Dam, as stated, is a multi-purpose dam to boost agriculture, produce power up to 740 MW and mitigate flood damage in Peshawar and Nowshera valley.

During the briefing, it was stated that nine projects with total capacity of 1628.76 MW are under execution including Gomal Zam Dam in Fata, Khan Khwar, Duber Khwar and Allai Khwar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Satpara Dam in Skardu and Jinnah Hydropower and Neelam Jhelum project besides repair and maintenance of Unit1, 3 and 4 of Tarbela Dam.

Chairman Wapda, while briefing the governor, said that all out efforts would be made to fulfil the commitment of completion of dam projects. He informed that Wapda has planned to establish a good quality school in the vicinity of their projects and requested proper support in this regard. He also informed that Wapda would also upgrade the nearby hospitals for better health cover to the local people. These measures, he added, would help building confidence among the locals and also improve the socio-economic conditions of the respective areas.

The meeting besides others was attended by the Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ghulam Dastagir Akhtar, Attaullah Khan Chief Executive FDA, Fazal Karim Khattak Additional Chief Secretary Fata and Sikandar Qayyum Secretary to Governor.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2011

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