Tarbela hydropower project to overcome water, power needs: minister

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10th Aug, 2021. 12:53 pm

ISLAMABAD: The Tarbela hydropower project would help meet the rapidly increasing requirements of water and electricity in the country, a senior government official said.

Chairing a high-level meeting to review the progress on the Tarbela hydropower project (T5), Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan said that it will also improve the energy security by increasing the share of clean and affordable energy in the country’s energy mix, he said, and directed the authorities concerned to resolve all the bottlenecks and impending issues to ensure timely completion of the project.

Meanwhile, the World Bank has provided $390 million for the 5th Extension of the Tarbela hydropower project, which will generate 1,410MW, while the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has also committed to provide $300 million for the project.

The minister also highlighted the issue of hiring local people, especially Tarbela Dam victims, by project authorities and contractors, adding that the local people who have suffered a lot due to the land acquisition for the construction of the dam in 60s and 70s should be given preference in jobs as per the policy.

Further, Khan directed the relevant authorities to facilitate the local residents in their mobility in the project areas and provide them alternative access routes.

On the request of the local community, the minister also proposed to upgrade the Vocational Institute, Tarbela Ghazi as Technical College.

Further, he also discussed the proposal to start community development schemes under the Corporate Social Responsibility by the relevant authorities.

The representatives of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) said the contract for the electro-mechanical works of the 5th Extension of the Tarbela hydropower project has recently been awarded to a joint venture through an international competitive bidding.

The project would be connected with 500kV transmission lines to be laid by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) separately for the evacuation of power.

During the meeting, the World Bank team appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Wapda to put the project on track after initial delays due to various reasons.

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