The Water & Power Development Authority of Pakistan has issued a press statement saying that dams in Pakistan have more water right now than last 10 years average which can be very positive for agriculture and power generation activities.
According to the statistics, as much as 7.018 million acre feet (MAF) of water is available in the reservoir, which is 4.191 MAF more if compared with the corresponding day last year, and 5.496 MAF more if compared with the average of last 10 years.
The breakdown of water available in different Dams was also provided in the statement “2.419 MAF water is available in Tarbela, 4.423 MAF in Mangla and 0.176 MAF in Chashma.”
WAPDA hydel power stations have been generating electricity exactly in accordance with the water outflows permitted by the IRSA. The peak hydel generation recorded in the month of April 2020 was 6510 megawatt (MW), which is 3000 MW more than that of the same date of last year. This additional hydel generation made a saving to the national exchequer of Rs. 640 million for the single day. Hydel generation this summer is expected to attain record generation level of 8500 MW to 9000 MW.