Land Acquisition problem of CASA-1000 resolved

The long standing land acquisition issue which was impeding the progress of Central Asia-South Asia Regional Trade and Transmission Project (CASA-1000) transmission line has been successfully resolved. After the resolution of land acquisition problem and the contractor has been mobilised on the project site.

This was revealed during the meeting of the NCC-FFP on energy sector at the Ministry of Economic Affairs which was chaired by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan.

The Power Division during the meeting apprised that the long-standing land acquisition issue of CASA-1000 transmission line at Nowshera has been successfully resolved and the contractor has now been mobilised on the project site. The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) is undertaking construction of a 113-kilometre electricity transmission line from the Pak-Afghan border to Nowshera. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The $1.17 billion CASA-1000 project is a power transmission line that is expected to export excess hydropower generated in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. Transmission components under the project are being financed by the IsDB, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Britain’s Department for International Development and USAID.