Abid visits Tarbela Dam to investigate accident

Islamabad—Minister of State for Water and Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali Sunday visited Tarbela Dam to investigate accident which occurred on Saturday night at Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project.
The incident happened while placement of concrete which caused collapsing of formwork where eight workers, including four Chinese and four Pakistani, were present, said a press release.
The rescue operation was carried immediately which lasted till midnight. Two Chinese and two Pakistani workers died on the spot.
The injured were shifted to hospital and are being looked after properly. Two Chinese workers, who were still in critical condition, were shifted to Islamabad. The condition of two Pakistanis injured was stable. Meanwhile, it is reported that construction work on the 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project was resumed after removing the debris from the accident site on Sunday.
According to a WAPDA spokesman, four persons, including two Chinese nationals, lost their lives when the scaffolding for concrete work at Tarbela Dam collapsed on Saturday night.
WAPDA has been carrying out construction work round-the-clock under accelerated programme to complete the 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project.
As concrete pouring was going on at the site last night, the scaffolding for concrete work downstream of Unit No. 17 collapsed at about 11. Four persons, including two Chinese, were also injured, who were taken to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Tarbela. Meanwhile, it is reported from Lahore that the government must concentrate on establishing bio-mass units in villages and exploit other such alternative energy sources, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) former president, Syed Mohsin Raza Bukhari, said here on Sunday.
Talking to APP, he said that amongst the alternative sources of energy, biomass shows tremendous potential. The total capacity in biomass is over 22,000 megawatts in Pakistan, for which little technical training is required, he added.
He said though the government is working in energy sector effectively and a number of power projects are in the pipeline, it is a duty of the government to develop alternative means of electricity generation.
He said the government should also focus on construction of water reservoirs.—APP

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