PM breaks ground for US $ 807 million Tarbela 5th Extention Hydropower project
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PM breaks ground for US $ 807 million Tarbela 5th Extention Hydropower project

TARBELA, Aug 12 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday performed the groundbreaking of US $ 807 million Tarbela 5th Extention Hydropower Project (T-5), under the government's 'Decade of Dams 2018-28' vision.

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The World Bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are providing US $ 390 million and US $ 300 million, respectively, for the Project to be completed by 2024.

The Prime Minister on the occasion was given a detailed briefing on the project by Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Lt. Gen. (R) Muzamil Hussain.

During the briefing, it was informed that the T-5 Hydropower Project will enhance the life of Tarbela Dam by addressing the issue of sedimentation and ensuring sustainable irrigation releases.

The Prime Minister was told that the project will generate another 1530 MW of low cost and environmental friendly electricity. With completion of T-5, installed capacity of Tarbela Dam will increase from 4888 MW to 6418 MW.

The Prime Minister was informed that T-5 will provide 1.347 billion units of low-cost and green energy to the National Grid on the average every year. The Project will also generate around 3000 employment opportunities during the construction phase, it was told.

The Prime Minister also planted a sapling of pine tree to mark the event.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Federal Ministers Umar Ayub Khan, Ch. Moonis Ilahi, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib. Governor Kbyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mehmood Khan were also present on the occasion.

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