Sherpao reviews progress on Naltar project
ISLAMABAD: Water and Power and Northern Areas Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao reviewed the progress on the Naltar Hydropower Project located in the Northern Areas, said a press release issued here on Wednesday.
Mr Sherpao said that the president of Pakistan was committed to the project as its commissioning would bring a remarkable improvement in the power shortfall particularly in the Gilgit District.
Mr Sherpao said that the work on the project would be initiated under the old PC-I. However, the revised PC-G would be submitted to ECNEC for approval. The minister said that every effort would be made to complete the project within time and that no laxity on part of the implementation machinery would be forgiven and that they will be held accountable. The 18 Mega Watt hydropower project would take 37 months to be completed. According to the original PC-I the cost of the project was Rs1,003.54 million, however, due to some design changes as suggested by Water and Power Distribution Authority (WAPDA) the revised cost now stand at Rs1,338.88 million. The minister ordered that the groundbreaking ceremony of the project be arranged as soon as possible.
The Chinese company CLIC would be working on the Naltar Hydropower Project on a turnkey basis for $19.188 million. WAPDA supports consultants’ suggestion for 3.9 kilometres RCC Power Channel with 1.8 kms covering slabs, whereas CLIC suggested 2.5 kms open power channel in stone masonry. The change in power channel design would incur an additional cost of Rs 69.6 m. Additional cost in revised PC-G would stand at Rs 335.347 million, which includes Rs 146.982 million as dollar rate parity and Rs 188.365 million for additional items. Additional items include RCC Power Channel, land compensation, consultancy, work charges staff, contingency, offices / residential accommodation and feeder line. Feeder line for Nomal and Naltar would cost Rs 6.3 million and would facilitate electricity for the surrounding villages.
Secretary KANA & SAFRON, Mr Javed Ashraf Hussain, Additional Secretary, Mr Gulzar Khan, Chief Secretary Northern Major (r) Fazil Durrani and Works and P&D Department secretaries of the Northern Areas attended the meeting.