969 MW Neelum Jehlum Hydropower Project nears completion

969 MW Neelum Jehlum Hydropower Project nears completion

MIRPUR: A spokespersons of the under-construction 969-megawatt Neelum Jehlum Hydropower Project said people have been informed that the river water has been diverted for filling of the lake for the huge project.

‘’In this regard, it is to be cleared that the river water will not be completely closed in any way”, the spokesperson said in an official statement late Monday.

He continued that Under the agreement with Azad Jammu & Kashmir government, at least 530 cusecs of water will be available in the river, as the flow of river in the summer season will remain usual and the flow of water in the river will be up to an average of 18000 cusecs.

In addition, it is also clarified that initially only 425 cusecs water will be stopped by January 2018, and more than that, approximately 1800 cusecs will flow in the river.

“Therefore, the concerns aroused in this regard are not correct”, the spokesperson said. Apart from this, some elements are spreading the rumours that due to lack of water, water supply schemes, especially the Makari Water Supply Scheme will face water crisis in Muzaffarabad city. “There is no possibility of such a problem immediately, because in current conditions, 1800 cusecs water will flow in the river and there will be no shortage of water in the summer”, he added.

He said “it should be cleared that only 35 cusecs of water is the total requirement for the Makri Water Supply Scheme. It is also clarified in this regard that WAPDA and Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Company has already been allocated Rs 500 million for the possible effects of Makri Water Supply Scheme, and the concerned departments of Government of AJK have to work on it, he added.