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WAPDA constructing 10 mega projects of US$ 26 billion, Austrian Foreign Minister , Business delegation told
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Flagship visit of Austrian Foreign Minister, business delegation to WAPDA House : Keen interest shown for partnering in construction of WAPDA Projects

March 18, 2022: Austrian Foreign Minister Mr. Mag. Alexender Schallenberg accompanied by Austrian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Nicolaus Keller and a high-level Austrian business delegation today visited WAPDA House to explore ways and means for partnering with WAPDA in construction of its mega projects in water and hydropower sectors.

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WAPDA to add 11,369 MW hydel power, 11.7 MAF water storage by 2028-29: PAF Air War College delegation briefed at WAPDA House

February 21, 2022: Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd), briefing a delegation of PAF Air War College, Karachi, has said that water security is an integral part of national security. WAPDA is constructing as many as 10 mega projects to help ensure water, food and energy security of Pakistan. Diamer Basha Dam, Mohmand Dam, Dasu Hydropower Project, Kurram Tangi Dam and Nai Gaj Dam are to name a few.
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New dams to double water storage capacity, address issue of climate change: PM

ISLAMABAD, Feb 14 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said the new under-construction mega dams would double the water storage capacity of Pakistan and would help address the issues related to climate change.
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Speaking at a seminar here on hydropower development, he said China had constructed 5000 dams but Pakistan had only two dams built in the 1960s.
"Due to this negligence, Pakistan suffered losses. As Pakistan is using imported fuel for electricity generation, whenever petrol prices go up in the international market, electricity prices also rise in Pakistan and the burden increases on the public," he said.
"If we had generated hydroelectricity, we would not have faced the present price hikes triggered by an increase in fuel prices," he added.
Pakistan had great potential for hydro electricity but it was producing half of its electricity from oil, he said, adding unfortunately due to lack of long term planning Pakistan was facing the present problems.
"Today we are celebrating the decade of dams. We need water storage," he said while observing that there were problems between provinces because of water issues.
The use of tunnel technology for dams was necessary in Pakistan, he said adding mountains of Pakistan were incomparable in the world and could help generate huge revenue from tourism.
The Prime Minister said proposed Kalabagh dam was at a good site but people of Sindh would have to be convinced about the project otherwise anti-Pakistan forces would instigate them on the water issue.
"We have to scientifically explain to the people of Sindh that Kalabagh dam will be beneficial for them. We are a federation and we should try to take provinces with us."
He appreciated Chairman Wapda Lt General (R) Muzammil Hussain for his dedication for the construction of water reservoirs.
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Temporary Cableway Bridge of Diamer Basha Dam Project

The 267-meter long temporary Cableway Bridge of Main Dam site of Diamer Basha Dam Project

Dated: Jan,29 2022: The 267-meter long temporary Cableway Bridge, with weight bearing capacity of 80 tons, completed yesterday on River Indus downstream of Main Dam site of Diamer Basha Dam Project for transportation of heavy machinery and construction material from the left bank to the right bank for acceleration of construction activities on the Project. The three Cableway Bridges, upstream of the Main Dam site, are already operational to expedite the construction work.