Hydel electricity generation increased by 20pc in FY20 to highest ever level, says Asad Umar

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said on Sunday that Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) produced the highest ever hydel electricity in 2019-20 with an increase of 20 per cent, compared to the previous year.

In a tweet, the minister said that massive hydel capacity increase is taking place with Dasu, Mohmand and Diamir Bhasha Dams being built. “We need to rely on local renewable energy instead of expensive imported thermal fuels,” he added.

Earlier, on June 25, Prime Minister Imran Khan had witnessed the agreement signing ceremony of 1,124 MW Kohala hydropower project which would be completed at a cost of $2.5 billion. 

While addressing the event, the prime minister said that the past governments had not taken interest in the hydropower sector for generating electricity through water resources.

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