China races to finish Karot Hydropower project earlier

3 major hydropower projects, including the Karot station, have been included in CPEC


APP September 22, 2017
PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: China is racing to complete the Karot Hydropower Project located on the Jhelum River on the boundary between Punjab and Azad Kashmir ahead of schedule.

“Construction on the power station is set to finish nine months ahead of its December 2021 completion date,” reported Global Times on Thursday. The shortened construction period suggested the project has gained understanding, support and trust from local authorities and the people.

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The Karot project’s installed capacity is 720 megawatts. By financing the project, China can gain experience that may help future efforts by China to invest in the region.

According to a report, three major hydropower projects, including the Karot station, have been included in the CPEC. It said that those projects “are being executed at a fast pace in Azad Kashmir to provide cost-effective electricity to the people”.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2017.

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