December 05, 2019: WAPDA is all set to commence construction work on Diamer Basha Dam following an award of contract in six to eight weeks, while the under-construction Mohmand Dam and Dasu Hydropower Project (Stage-I) will be completed in 2024-25. These megaprojects are going to change the fate and destiny of the country.
This was stated by WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) in the wake of inaugurating the 9th Asian Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference and the 15th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology Lahore. The 3-day conferences have been organized by Pakistan Geotechnical Engineering Society (PGES).
Addressing the inaugural session of the two events, the Chairman said that WAPDA has been playing a pivotal role in the development of multi-disciplinary engineering professions, as it has the honour of being the largest engineering organization in Pakistan. The projects constructed by WAPDA in water and hydropower sectors have been contributing to economic stability and social uplift in the country, he added.
The Chairman said that WAPDA added 2487 MW cheap, green and clean energy to the National Grid last year with the completion of three hydropower projects namely the 1410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project, the 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum and the 108 MW-Golen Gol.
Dilating upon the strategy to harness water and hydropower resources, the Chairman said that WAPDA is committed to adding five million acre-feet (MAF) to water storage and 4600 MW hydropower generation by 2025 and another eight MAF water storage and 16000 MW power generation up to 2030 by completing various projects.
Congratulating the PGES on organizing the 9th Asian Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference and the 15th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, he expressed the hope that the two conferences will be beneficial for engineering fraternity in general and development of the country in particular.
The PGES President Amjad Agha in his welcome remarks highlighted the importance of the conferences for the advancement of geotechnical engineering in Pakistan. UET Civil Engineering Department and Conference Organizing Committee Chairman Professor Dr Aziz Akbar said that the two conferences will bring together the best of ideas to discuss the new challenges in geotechnical engineering with special reference to transport infrastructure in the ongoing mega CPEC projects in Pakistan.
The PGES Secretary-General and NESPAK Managing Director Dr Tahir Masood and Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Professor Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid also addressed the inaugural session.