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More water availability in dams good omen for agriculture, hydel generation

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April 24, 2020: In what can be termed a good omen for agriculture and hydropower generation in Pakistan, the cumulative quantum of water available at present in Mangla, Tarbela and Chashma reservoirs is far better than that of the previous years.

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National strategy needed to address impact of climate change on water resources: WAPDA Chairman

Lahore – March 21, 2020: WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd), in his message on the occasion of World Water Day to be observed on March 22, said climate change has been impacting the availability of surface water in Pakistan, as climate and water are inextricably interlinked. In order to tackle the adverse impact of climate change vis-à-vis water security in the country, a multi-pronged strategy needs to be devised at the national level.

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Lahore – March 16, 2020: in the wake of impending Coronavirus alert and the measures advised by the Federal Government, the Departmental Promotion Examinations of Pakistan Water And Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO), Power Information Technology Company (PITC), DISCOs, and GENCOs have been postponed for three weeks.

The examinations were scheduled to be held from March 16, 2020 to March 20, 2020 at Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Islamabad, Tarbela, Peshawar, Hyderabad, and Quetta simultaneously

The WAPDA Examinations Directorate in its notification has mentioned that the revised schedule of said examinations will be announced later on.

UK Deputy High Commissioner, WAPDA Chairman discuss water projects

British Deputy Commissioner

February 19, 2020: British Deputy High Commissioner Mike Nithavrianakis called on Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman   Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) today at WAPDA House. The matters relating to water and hydropower sectors in Pakistan and mutual cooperation for implementing WAPDA projects were discussed during the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that WAPDA has been constructing a number of projects to add water storage and hydel power generation capacities for water, food and energy security of the country. Support from friendly countries like United Kingdom (UK) is of immense importance for implementation of these projects, he added.

During a briefing, the British Deputy High Commissioner was apprised that WAPDA successfully completed and commissioned three long-delayed                mega hydropower projects with cumulative generation capacity of 2487 MW in 2018. With commissioning of these projects, the installed generation capacity of WAPDA hydroelectric power surged to 9389 MW from 6902 MW, registering an increase of 36 percent in just one year. Besides, WAPDA also completed Kachhi Canal Project (Phase-1) in 2017 to irrigate 72000 acres of barren land in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan.

UK Deputy High Commissioner was also briefed about the ongoing and future projects of WAPDA. He was informed that WAPDA is committed to adding five MAF to water storage and 4600 MW hydropower generation by 2025 in short term, and eight MAF water storage and 16000 MW power generation up to 2030 in medium term by completing various projects. These projects include Mohmand Dam, Kurram Tangi Dam, Nai Gaj Dam, Dasu, and Diamer Basha Dam.

Expressing keen interest in WAPDA projects, UK Deputy High Commissioner commended the efforts made by WAPDA for economic development and social uplift of Pakistan.


DASU 2 17Feb2020February 17, 2020: Construction work on Dasu Hydropower Project is gaining momentum, as the issue pertaining to rates of land needed for the project has been resolved due to support by the Federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments.