APP08-26 LAHORE: June 26 - Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Water Resources Barrister Syed Ali Zafar being briefed by WAPDA Chairman Lt. Gen (Retd) Muzamammil Hussain during a meeting at WAPDA House. APP Photo by Zahid Chaudhry

LAHORE, June 26 (APP):Federal Minister for Water Resources, Syed Ali Zafar on Tuesday visited WAPDA House where WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain briefed him about water and hydropower sectors in the country.
The Minister was also apprised of WAPDA projects, particularly Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams.
The Minister was briefed that construction work on Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams would be started in fiscal year 2018-19.The gigantic Diamer-Basha Dam Project would have a gross water storage capacity of 8.1 MAF (million acre feet) and power generation capacity of 4,500MW (mega watts).
The WAPDA Chairman said Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project would store 1.2 MAF water and generate 800MW electricity.”Both projects are vital to attain water and energy security in the country,therefore,all stakeholders should play their due role in initiation and timely completion of these projects”, he added.
The 1,410 MW-Tarbela 5th Extension,the 2,160 MW-Stage II of Dasu, the 7,100 MW-Bunji and the Stage II of multipurpose Kurram Tangi Dam were among the ready-for-construction projects, he maintained.
Dilating upon the efforts made by WAPDA to cope with the increasing needs of water and electricity, the Chairman said that WAPDA succeeded in completing as many as four mega projects from August 2017 onwards to irrigate 72,000 acres of barren land in Dera Bugti, Balochistan and add 2,487 MW of hydel electricity to the National Grid. These projects included Phase 1 of Kachhi Canal, Golen Gol, Tarbela 4th Extension and Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project.Stage 1 of Kurram Tangi Dam Project is scheduled to be completed in 2020,while the 2160 MW Stage 1 of Dasu Hydropower Project is likely to start electricity generation by 2023.
On the occasion, Ali Zafar expressed satisfaction over the measures being taken by WAPDA to implement projects in water and hydropower sectors. He was of the view that concerted efforts were required both at federal and provincial levels to steer the country out of impending water crisis.