Besides providing financial support to Wapda for its three on-going projects in water and hydropower sectors, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will also consider provision of funds for two of the Khwar hydropower projects, as well as small and medium-sized dams.
This was disclosed in a meeting between Wapda chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah and USAID Mission Director Jock Conly, according to Wapda spokesman here on Sunday.
During the meeting, Abbas Shah said that the Wapda projects are vital to meet increasing demand of water and electricity in the country and also instrumental in poverty alleviation in the under developed areas. He said that the assistance from international financial institutions and donor agencies can play a pivotal role in completing these projects.
He thanked USAID for financial support being provided for Gomal Zam Dam project and its recently included Waran Canal system, Satpara Dam and rehabilitation of the existing Tarbela Hydel Power Station.
Matters relating to provision of funds for under-construction Allai Khwar and Duber Khwar hydropower projects were also discussed in the meeting. Jock Conly said that the USAID would also actively consider provision of funds for the Khwar projects and the small and medium-sized dams.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2012.
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