2160 MW Dasu Hydropower Project status update

2160 MW Dasu Hydropower Project status update

ISLAMABAD: The ground-breaking of 2,160 MW Dasu Hydropower Project would be performed in June this year and Neelum-Jhelum would become operational in February next year.

This information was given to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by Chairman WAPDA Muzammil Hussain at a briefing in Islamabad on Wednesday. The prime minister had tasked the newly appointed chairman to speed up execution of crucially significant hydro power projects; meeting the deadlines set for their completion.

Neelum Jhelum hydroelectric project will be ready for inauguration in February next year. The project’s dry test is scheduled for December this year while the wet test will be undertaken by February next year by generating electricity. The second unit of Neelum Jhelum will be operational by March next year, while the 3rd and 4th unit will be by April next year.

The chairman said that speedy execution is underway on Kachhi Canal Project, which consists of main canal and distribution system. The project will provide irrigation water to an area of 72, 000 acres in Dera Bugti, after its completion in August this year.

A total of 9,917 acres of land acquisition will be completed by May this year for the 2, 160 MW Dasu hydropower project. Ground-breaking of main works on Dasu project by the prime minister will be performed in June this year and the project will be completed at cost of $4,300 million.