Masses support needed to build dams: Abid


Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali Friday sought support of the provinces and lawmakers to build dams including Akhori as some 29 million acres feet (MAF) water flown down stream to sea every year.
Replying to various supplementary questions during Question Hour, the minister said around 40 MAF could be stored in the proposed Kalabagh, Akhori and others dams but unfortunately consensus among the provinces could not build on these dams so far. He said Akhori dam could be built within five years and it would have water storage capacity of 7.1 MAF.
He said that feasibility of the Akhori dam was completed in 2006 and work on detailed design and preparation of PC-1 for land acquisition would be started on achieving consensus among the provinces through Council of Common Interest (CCI).
The minister said the reservation of Balochistan had already been addressed, However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh governments were not even ready to take presentation for the last seven years, he said. He said consensus among the provinces to build dams was need of the hour.
In response to a supplementary question of Murad Saeed, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif clarified that additional electricity would be added to the national grid system to get rid of the power load-shedding.
Replaying to another question, Abid Sher Ali said the first unit of 969 MW Neelum Jehlum hydropower project would start working in July 2017. The PC-1 of the project has surged to Rs.414 billion from Rs.284 million due to delay work commencement, he added.
He said the incumbent government soon its inception expedite work on the project. To a supplementary question, the minister said the provinces could also set-up power generation plants after 18th constitutional amendment.
He said the total generation would cross over 17000 MW this year and gap between demand and supply of power would be bridged in early 2018. He said that surplus electricity would available in 2018.
Giving the details of ongoing projects, the minister said that 3600 MW LNG power plants, coal power plants at Jamshoro, Port Qasim, Qadirpur, Sahiwal, Tarbela 4th extension and Neelum Jehlum power projects would be ready to supply electricity to the national grid. To a question, Abid Sher Ali said a total of Rs.152,780,681,408 was outstanding dues against all federal government autonomous bodies and provincial autonomous bodes.
Giving the breakup, he said that Lahore Electric Supply Company, Gujranwala Electric Power Supply Company, Islamabad Electric Supply Company, Multan Electric Supply Company, Peshawar Electric Supply Company, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company, Sukkur Electric Supply Company, Quetta Electric Supply Company and Tribal Electric Supply Company have Rs.4,793,468,717, Rs 6,841,226,884, Rs.43,026,573,487, Rs.1,274,469,190, Rs.13,934,417,464, Rs.36,054,871,355, Rs.40,789,934,668, Rs.4,974,882,700 and Rs.1,199,452,014 outstanding dues respectively on December 2015.