Karot hydropower project under CPEC to create 3,500 jobs for locals
QUETTA: Governor Balochistan Justice (R) Amanullah Khan Yasinzai on Tuesday said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a great economic plan for trade through marine and Land routes, its completion will bring economic revolution in the entire region. Governor Balochistan expressed these views while talking to the delegates of the PAF Air War College here today in Governor House. The delegation was consisted of under training officers, who were on a study visit to Quetta and headed by Pakistan Navy’s Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi. The governor said that federal and provincial governments are cognizant of the importance and benefits of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and having special focus on the development projects under CPEC mega project. “The government is taking steps to train young people in the province with modern technical and vocational Skills”, the governor said.
Navy officials discussed various issues with Governor Balochistan including peace and security situation, elimination of extremism and terrorism from the province, steps for promotion of tourism, and different development projects initiated by provincial government. In response to a question, the Governor said that peace and amity have become basic need of this region. The services and sacrifices rendered by security forces have led to improve law and order situation in the province.
He further said that promotion of higher education is imperative for Balochistan’s development and prosperity. Meanwhile, Karot hydropower project to be constructed with estimated cost of US$1698 million having installed capacity of 720MW would create 3,500 employment opportunities for local people during the construction period. The Karot hydropower project would have a reservoir storage capacity of 164 million cubic meter. The construction work on the project started in September 25, 2018 and will be completed in December 2021 said documents shared by Chinese embassy.
The project will generate power that will cater approximately seven million households and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.5 million tons per years. As per the document, during the construction period, the project will bring accumulated tax revenues of US $23 million. It is expected that investment of the construction period will boost Pakistan’s GDP by about $154 million. In November 1984, the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) identified Karot among several potential hydropower generation sites. The ranking studies were carried out by Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Hydro Electric Power Organization for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and German consultancy firm GTZ. In 2010 environmental protection Agency of Punjab approved the environmental impact assessment of the project. In 2011 the environmental impact assessment of project was approved by environmental protection agency Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, Construction work of NHA is going on and the project is scheduled to be accomplished by end of the year.
An official of NHA informed APP that Peshawar Northern Bypass Project was handed to NHA in 2003. Initially, the project was approved by ECNEC in 2005. However, some issues related to bypass alignment, land acquisition and excessive urbanization enforced authorities to resurvey the project. In addition, a modification was made in the suggested alignment that was later selected for the project, he said. As per the revised scheme, he said Peshawar Northern Bypass Project is 32.2 km long that is being developed near Peshawar’s northern area. It is a dual carriageway, grade separated road with controlled-access, designed for high speeds vehicles and heavy traffic coming from southern Pakistan. The bypass has two traffic lanes and an emergency lane in each carriageway. It bypasses the provincial capital Peshawar from north with the purpose to carry the transit traffic bound toward Afghanistan, which has to pass through the city or via the Peshawar ring road,he said.
The bypass is an important thoroughfare, as it connects Indus Highway – N-55 (via Peshawar Ring Road), Khyber Agency and Mohmand Agency with Peshawar- Islamabad Motorway. and help enhance trade with Afghanistan.The road will also boost trade and business activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Mohmand, Khyber and Bajaur agencies, he said.— APP