He said that it was also a manifestation of the government’s resolve to provide relief to the common man and boost economic development through addition of low-cost electricity.
The Prime Minister said the worst energy outages, faced by the people of country for last many years, were the result of sustained policy neglect.
He said the successive governments could not address the imperative of increasing power generation in view of escalating needs of economy and population growth.
He said that the credit for putting together the first-ever holistic National Power Policy, goes to the present democratic government, which had been prepared in consultation of federating units and other stakeholders.
He said the government was very clear that the country cannot be put on the trajectory of socio-economic development unless development of most efficient and consumer-centric low-cost power generation was ensured.
The Prime Minister said in order to resolve the crisis, the
On completion, these projects will not only contribute thousands of megawatt of low-cost electricity but also store millions of acres feet of water.
The phased induction of hydel power into the system would reduce the dependence on costly thermal power which will provide a substantial relief to the masses, he added.
About other major hydel power initiatives of the government, the Prime Minister mentioned
Chairman WAPDA Syed Raghib Ali Shah briefed the Prime Minister about the project and highlighted its salient features.
The Prime Minister was informed that the capacity of
On this occasion, he appreciated the
The Prime Minister was briefed that the Tarbela 4th
Annual monetary benefit of the project has been estimated to be
He was told that the project will be completed in a period of three and a half years.
The Prime Minister said that the delays, over-costing and escalations would not be tolerated in the project.
He was told that as per initial study,
The Prime Minister directed the
It was highlighted that WAPDA was looking forward to savings of around US
The Prime Minister directed that in view the severe shortage of electricity in the country, there was a need for fast paced work on Tunnels 4 and 5 simultaneously. He asked Chairman WAPDA to conduct a feasibility in this regard.
The Chairman said due to the liability of WAPDA to provide irrigational water for the crops, it was difficult to get an earlier completion, however he assured that all aspects will be studied to bring the completion date earlier.
He said that the new hydropower plant will be added to the existing water tunnel No 4, that was initially designated as an irrigation tunnel, and will now be converted into a power tunnel without affecting its irrigation capabilities.
Under the project three generating units of 470 MW each will be installed.
Already 14 power units have been installed on 3 tunnels that are generating 3478 MWs.
The Chairman WAPDA said that the per unit cost through the project was estimated to be about
He termed it an environment-friendly project that fully complied with international safeguards and no additional land would be required or fresh resettlement issue would crop up.
On completion, the project was expected to add 3.84 billion units of low cost electricity to the national grid per annum. The annual benefit of the project was estimated to be about
The project would also save approximately one million tons of furnace oil, that would be required for generating an equal amount of electricity.
Completed in 1974, the Tarbela Dam is the world’s largest earth- and rock-filled structure, over the
Tarbela Dam’s existing hydropower facilities supply about 16% of the electricity generated in
Later, Secretary Interprovincial Coordination (IPC)
The Prime Minister was informed that three sites had been identified for development of water sports, theme park, restaurant and water jetty.
The Prime Minister directed to perform a legal review of the devolution of
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister for Information
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