Dawn News

In defence of hydel power

A RECENT announcement by Wapda said that 100,000 MW can be generated through hydropower, which is most inexpensive of all types of power generating technologies but has been deliberately overlooked owing to vested interests.

The per unit electricity cost in case of public sector hydropower is reduced just to Rs1.60 provided the hydel potential is exploited instead of relying on the most expensive thermal power.

Wapda expects that in 2025 the country’s hydel generation may peak up to 60 per cent of the entire power generation.

On the basis of this rationale Wapda expects from the government to plan a policy of using hydel and renewable energy to make power affordable.

The government should take up necessary measures in this regard.


Comments (6) Closed

Jul 27, 2012 03:44pm
which is the first?
mohammad shafique
Jul 27, 2012 12:59pm
wapda is the pakistans second most corrupt institution.
Aug 12, 2012 08:23pm
Jul 27, 2012 04:16pm
There are no immediate kickbacks and commission in approving a Hydel Power generating Dam, which is why no government is interested in it. Musharraf did not do it, nor did Zia, However both these military dictators politicised these projects and so did the PPP regime.
Lightless Lahori
Jul 27, 2012 06:52pm
hydel has many benefits as being a cheap source of energy, a store of water, low CO2 emissions, etc. Yet I find it hard to trust WAPDA on sensational stories like this
Ahmed Ali
Aug 19, 2012 02:57pm
Pakistan Railway is the first Corrupt Department of the Pakistan