Govt to ensure speedy work on hydropower projects: PM.


ISLAMABAD -- Reiterating his government's commitment, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that the government would ensure implementation of hydropower projects without any delay and promised all-out assistance in this regard.

He said this while chairing a meeting held here to review the progress on construction of important hydropower projects , including Mohmand Dam, Dasu Hydropower project, Tarbela IV (Extension), and Diamer Bhasha Dam and the related matters.

The Prime Minister directed the ministries concerned to pay special attention to the resolution of problems regarding these hydropower projects . Expressing satisfaction over the progress in these projects, the Prime Minister said that capacity enhancement of water reservoirs and acquisition of affordable electricity are the priorities of government.

He said that effective use of precious water resource plays key role in agricultural and economic development.

The Prime Minister said that not only shortage of electricity will be fulfilled with cheap electricity but it will also promote industrial sector in the country, which will enhance the country's capacity to compete at international level.

The Prime Minister was briefed that these projects will generate 9620 megawatt additional electricity and increase water storage capacity by 11.3 million acre feet.

The meeting was informed that owing to these hydropower projects , over 23 billion rupees will be spent on social welfare projects, which will produce 23,000 job opportunities. As regards the Dasu Hydropower Project, the WAPDA chairman apprised the prime minister that the issue of availability of land for the project had been resolved.

About the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project, Lt Gen Muzammil informed the meeting that the project, after its completion in April 2018, was running and had so far generated 6.2 billion units of electricity. The project had added electricity worth Rs 54 billion to the national grid, he added.

Giving a detailed briefing on the construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam, he said that the project would enable 6.4 million acre feet of live water storage, besides making available 18.1 billion units of renewable energy per annum.

The prime minister, while expressing his...

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