MIRPUR (AJK): (APP) The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt. Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) has said that completion of under-construction projects in the shortest possible time is a must to rid the country of electricity shortages and stabilize the national economy .
Therefore, concerted efforts are required on part of the project management to implement the hydropower projects including Neelum Jhelum, he added.
The Chairman WAPDA expressed these views during his visit to the strategically important 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project being constructed by WAPDA in Muzaffarabad district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) yesterday.
During the visit, the Chairman viewed construction activities on weir site located in Nauseri - 41 kilometers east of Muzaffarabad. He witnessed the work being done on main dam, composite dam, sedimentation basin and debris channel.
Later, WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) reached power house site at Chattar Kalas located some 22 kilometers south of Muzaffarabad. There, he visited underground power house, surge shaft and transformers hall and reviewed electro-mechanical works for installation of power generating units and the transformers. He also had a round of the project's switchyard.
Speaking on the occasion, WAPDA Chairman appreciated the pace and quality of construction work, adding that both are essentially required for completion of the project.
It is worth mentioning that construction work is being done simultaneously on the three sites of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project. It has four generating units with generation capacity of 242.25 MW each, totaling to 969 MW.