Skilled workers make hydro projects successful: Report


Skilled workers have a major role in making mega hydro projects successful, says a report published by Gwadar Pro on Sunday.

“Integrity, dignity and competence reign supreme. I am fortunate to have good people around me,” said outgoing WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) during his farewell visits to four under-construction signature projects of WAPDA. Hussain appreciated the dedication and “execution skills” of WAPDA staff, Chinese and Pakistani consultants, contractors and district administration by making these projects success stories.

The four mega projects include Dasu Hydropower Project, Mohmand Dam Project, Diamer-Basha Dam and Tarbela 5th Extension. China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) in JV is constructing Dasu HPP and Mohmand HPP while Power China is involved in the construction of Diamer-Basha Dam. Muzammil Hussain appreciated the commitment and dedication of the projects’ management in carrying these projects forward. Mr. Hussain was accompanied by the newly posted chairman Naveed Asghar Chaudhry.

They held meetings with different stakeholders of the projects including Chinese officials, engineers and workers. CGCC officials also presented shields to Mr. Hussain and Mr. Chaudhry during their visit to Dasu Power Project.

Currently, WAPDA is taking ahead the construction of 10 mega projects at a good pace. These projects, which are scheduled to be completed from 2022 to 2029, will ensure water, food and energy security of Pakistan with cumulative gross water storage capacity of 11.7 million acre feet and installed hydel power generation capacity of 11369 megawatts; sufficient to irrigate 3.5 million acres of land and provide 44.7 billion units of green and cheap electricity on the average every year. —INP


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