Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has planned to rehabilitate 69-year-old Rasul hydel power station located at a link between upper Jhelum and lower Jhelum canals near Khokhra head works in Mandi Bahauddin district of Punjab.

The power station was commissioned in 1952 with installed capacity of 22 megawatts. Since its commissioning, it has contributed about 5.5 billion units of low cost, clean, green and environment-friendly electricity to the national grid.

Reduced efficiency of equipment due to obsolete technology and ageing factor have necessitated rehabilitation of the hydel power station for regaining and increasing its generation capacity. An in-house feasibility study has been completed to proceed further to start rehabilitation of the power station.

Highlighting the significance of hydel electricity in stabilising power tariff and facilitating socio-economic uplift in the country, Wapda Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Muzammil Hussain said Wapda was implementing a two-pronged plan for optimal utilisation of hydro resources in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2021.

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