The Neelum Jhelum hydroelectric project will be ready for inauguration on February 28 next year, Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Lt Gen L(Retd) Muzammil Hussain briefed Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif about the ongoing electricity projects at the PM House.
The Prime Minister had stressed upon the newly appointed Chairman WAPDA to expedite the crucial hydropower projects completion, meeting the deadlines set for their completion.
The left tunnel connection of the Neelum Jhelum project was completed by October 23, 2016 while the right tunnel connection is expected to be completed by April 30, 2017.
The project’s dry test is scheduled for December 2017 while the wet test will be undertaken by February 1 next year.The second unit of Neelum Jhelum will be operational by March 15, 2018 while the 3rd and 4th units by April 15.
The Chairman further highlighted that work was underway on Kachhi Canal Project which comprises of the main canal and distribution system.The project will provide irrigation facilities to an area of 72,000 acres in Dera Bugti region, after its completion in August this year.
A total of 9,917 acres of land acquisition will be completed by May 2017 for the 2,160 MW Dasu hydro power project.The work on Dasu project will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in June 2017 and the project is expected to be completed at a cost of US$ 4,300 million.
The Golen Gol hydro project will produce electricity three times more than the requirements of Chitral.
The project will have a 3.8 km long tunnel with an installed capacity of 108 MW to be completed with a cost of Rs 29.077 billion by December 2017.
Tarbela 4th Extension Project will boost the capacity of the project from 3,478 MW to 4,888 MW and the first unit of the extension will be commissioned in December 2017. The 2nd and 3rd units will be commissioned by the mid of 2018.