Lahore – March 8, 2016: A delegation of Command and Staff College, Quetta visited WAPDA House today and attended a briefing on the water and power sectors. The delegation was led by Lt. Col Salman Tajwar. WAPDA Managing Director (Administration) Muhammad Ashraf Khan and senior officers of WAPDA and PEPCO were also present on the occasion.
WAPDA Advisor (Diamer Basha Dam) Dr. Izhar-ul-Haq gave a comprehensive briefing regarding water and hydropower sectors. He said that per capita water availability in the country has decreased to 1032 cubic meter in 2016 from 5260 cubic meter in 1951 due to rapid growth in population and depleting water storage capacity of the reservoirs because of the natural phenomenon of sedimentation.
He said that Pakistan can store only 10 percent of its annual rivers flow against the world average of 40 percent. He said that WAPDA is committed to optimum development of water and hydropower resources in the country and working on a comprehensive strategy for exploitation of hydro resources in Pakistan. He apprised the delegation about various hydel projects being implemented by WAPDA. He said that 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension and the 969 MW-Neelum Jehlum Hydrpower Project will start generating electricity in 2017.
In another briefing, General Manager (Revenue and Commercial Operation) PEPCO Muhammad Saleem briefed the delegation on power sector. The delegation was informed about power sector reforms, existing power generation capabilities, generation mix, consumption patterns, line losses, and factors behind increase in electricity tariff. The delegation was informed of the load forecast, generation additions and long term transmission expansion plan to evacuate electricity from the power houses to the distribution companies.
The briefing was followed by question and answer session. Later, Advisor (Diamer Basha Dam) and delegation head exchanged the souvenirs.