February 15, 2017: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was briefed by Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain (Retd), Chairman Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) regarding various ongoing projects here at PM House.
The Prime Minister had tasked the newly appointed chairman WAPDA to speed up execution of crucially significant hydro power projects; meeting the deadlines set for their completion.
Neelum Jhelum hydroelectric project will be ready for inauguration on 28th February 2018. The left tunnel connection of the project was completed by October 23, 2016 while the right tunnel connection will be completed by April 30, 2017. The project’s dry test is scheduled for December 2017 while the wet test will be undertaken by February 01, 2018 by generating electricity and start earning revenue of $ 15 Million. The second unit of Neelum Jhelum will be operational by 15th March 2018 while the 3rd and 4th unit by 15th April 2018, briefed the Chairman.
The Chairman further briefed that speedy execution is underway on Kachhi Canal Project which consist of main canal and distribution system. The project will provide irrigation water to an area of 72, 000 acres in Dera Bugti, after its completion in August 2017. A total of 9, 917 acres of land acquisition will be completed by May 2017 for the 2, 160 MW Dasu hydro power project. Ground breaking of main works on Dasu project by the Prime Minister will be performed in June 2017 and the project will be completed at cost of $ 4,300 Million.
The Golen Gol hydro project will produce electricity three times more than the requirements of Chitral. This run of the river project is located on Golen Gol Nullah, a majority tributary of Mastuj River. The project will have a 3.8 km long tunnel with an installed capacity of 108 MW to be completed with a cost of Rs. 29. 077 Billion by December 2017.
Tarbela 4th Extension Project will enhance the capacity of the project from 3, 478 MW to 4, 888 MW and the first unit of the extension will be commissioned in December 2017. The 2nd and 3rd units will be commissioned by the mid of 2018.
The PM appreciated the work of chairman and WAPDA.