20 million acre barren land can be irrigated with construction of dams: Chairman WAPDA

A delegation of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) headed by LCCI former President Sohail Lashari visited WAPDA house to exchange views on construction of dams and hydropower projects. Chairman WAPDA Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) while talking to the delegation said that with the construction of proper water storage infrastructure in the country, around 20 million acres of barren land can be irrigated and used for agriculture. The construction of Dams is the need of the hour to ensure food security and to inject low cost hydel power into the National Grid.
Dilating upon the factors behind dismal scenario of water and hydropower sectors in the country, WAPDA Chairman said that the situation can be improved by putting a robust development mechanism in place and exercising prompt decision making. All stakeholders including the Chambers of Commerce and Industries have to play their due role to implement the National Water Policy for water, food and energy security of the country.
The delegation was briefed about WAPDA projects in water and hydropower sectors. It was informed that WAPDA plans to add two MAF to water storage capacity and 828 megawatt (MW) hydropower generation capacity up to 2025 in short term, another eight MAF water storage and 5653 MW power generation up to 2030 in medium term and 28 MAF water storage and 6245 MW generation capacity up to 2050 in long term with completion of its various projects. Timely decisions and availability of funds are key to implementing short, medium and long term projects in accordance with their timelines.