‘Will build 10 dams in 10 years’: PM Imran Khan laments lack of long-term planning by previous govts

TARBELA: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday performed the groundbreaking of the fifth extension project of the Tarbela Dam, lamenting lack of long-term planning by the previous governments.

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

Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Lt. Gen. (R) Muzamil Hussain briefed the prime minister in detail about the project.

The prime minister was informed that the T-5 Hydropower Project will enhance Tarbela Dam’s life by addressing the issue of sedimentation and ensuring sustainable irrigation releases.

The prime minister was told that the project will generate another 1,530 MW of low cost and environmental friendly electricity. With the completion of T-5, the installed capacity of Tarbela Dam will increase from 4,888 MW to 6,418 MW.

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