Islamabad: The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has formulated an elaborate plan to enhance the hydel generation capacity to 30,000 megawatts (MW), in addition to increasing water storage capacity through the development of dams, according to news sources.
The plan envisages steps to increase the hydel generation capacity from 9,406 megawatts (MW) to 14,000MW by 2025 and 30,000MW by the year 2030 through Dasu Hydropower phase I & II, Mohmand Dam, Diamer Basha Dam, and the project of 5th extension to Tarbela dam.
As per the official sources, the construction work is already underway on Mohmand and Diamer Basha dams. These dams will help store additional water for both irrigation and generating cheap hydel generation. Reportedly, the Mohmand dam project will be completed by the end of 2024.
Moreover, the sources revealed that constriction of the Diamer Basha, Mohmand, Kurram Tangi, Sindh Barrage, Naulong, Chiniot, Murunj and Hingol and other projects will ensure 100% increase in the storage capacity by 2030 – which currently stands at 13 Million Acre Feet (MAF).