50 MW Attabad Hydropower Project

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has decided to construct the 50 MW Attabad Hydropower project. The proposed site for the project was visited by Wapda Chairman Lt-Gen Muzammil Hussain (retd) in the last week of September 2020. He was accompanied by GB Chief Secretary, Wapda General Manager (Hydro Planning), General Manager (Projects) Northern Areas and other officers concerned.

The project is located on River Hunza, 20 kilometer upstream of Karim Abad and 130 Km from Gilgit. Wapda Chairman said that 50 MW Attabad Lake Hydropower Project, will prove to be instrumental in meeting the electricity demand of Hunza and Nagar valleys.

Wapda has released Rs 22 million to its hydro planning formation for carrying out in-house feasibility study of the project. The feasibility study is likely to be completed by the first quarter of 2021 while the Attabad Lake Hydropower Project will be completed in four years.

In 2018 Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had dropped the approval for the project after inability of the concerned ministries to generate resources from international donors.