Prime Minister Imran Khan, under present government's 'Decade of Dams 2018-28' vision performed the groundbreaking of US $ 807 million Tarbela 5th Extention Hydropower Project (T-5).
The World Bank 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 this occasion was given a detailed briefing on the project by Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Lt. Gen. (R) Muzamil Hussain.
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During the briefing, it was told that 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 apprised 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, it was told.
The Prime Minister was told 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 generate around 3000 employment opportunities during the construction phase, it was briefed.
The Prime Minister on this occasion also planted a sapling of pine tree. 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.