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10-01-2010, 11:14 AM
PESHAWAR *(October 01, 2010) :*Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has prepared plan for initiating work on 10 hydro-power projects to meet the growing demands of energy of the country.

Briefing the newsmen the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussein said that in this connection, chairman, Wapda, Shakil Durrani held special briefing for the provincial government. Those who attended the briefing were included Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, senior ministers, Rahimdad Khan, Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussein, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Chief Executive, Pesco, Mohammad Wali, administrative secretaries and senior officials of Wapda.

Mian Iftikhar Hussein said that a comprehensive plan has been chalked out by the federal government to start work on 10 hydro power projects, including seven in Khyber Pakthunkhwa in next five years to address load management and energy needs of the country.

These projects would generate 11610MWs electricity for the country's agriculture, industrial domestic use, he added. Work on Golan Gol Chitral and Turbela 4th Extension has been kicked off from which 106 mega watts costing Rs 7 billion and 960 mega watts costing Rs 700million electricity would be generated respectively, he added.

Referring to Kurram Tangi Dam project, he said that it was one of the important projects of the provincial government that would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 46.213 billion in record 48 months with irrigation capacity of 362380-acre land.

Five powerhouses would be constructed on Kurram Tang dam that would generate 83.4mega watt, adding that design of the dam has been completed. The government will acquire 12124 acres land and Rs 570.170 million has been earmarked by federal government in budget 2010-11. He said that work on the project will start next year and Chinese engineers would be provided full security.

The minister said work on Bara, Tankzam, Matltan and Pallas Valley will start next year that would generate 15MW electricity. Work on multi-purposes Munda dam will start in 2012 with 740 power generating capacity and would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 100 billion. Likewise, Dasu and Pattan Projects in Kohistan district would start in 2012 and 2013 with power generating capacity of 4320MW and 2800MW electricity respectively, adding that both the projects would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 987 billion and Rs 375 billion respectively.