Agreement of implantation of water uses for CPEC-sponsored Kohala Hydropower project signed

The Project will create eight thousand jobs the local people of Azad Kashmir.

MIRPUR (AJK): Apr 23 (APP): Kohala Hydropower Company Ltd and Azad Jammu Kashmir government Friday signed an agreement regarding the implantation of water uses of the upcoming CPEC-sponsored Kohala Hydropower project.

The project is being construction over Jhelum river passing through AJK’s capital district of Muzaffarabad.

The project will produce 1,124 megawatt electricity costing $2.4 billion. Azad Jammu & Kashmir Secretary Electricity Zafar Mehmood and chief executive officer of Chinese three gorges company signed the agreement.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan and Federal Minister Hamad Azhar were also present on this occasion.

Kohala Hydropower Project, being built on Jhelum River in Azad Jammu Kashmir under CPEC, was awarded to the Kohala Hydropower Company Ltd (KHCL), which is a subsidiary of China’s Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC).

The project will produce 1,124 megawatt electricity costing $2.4 billion.

The Azad Jammu Kashmir government will receive about 2.5 billion rupees annually in the shape of water use charges and the project will be handed over to the Azad Kashmir government after thirty year.

Speaking on the occasion Azad Jammu Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan said that Kashmiri people had always given tremendous sacrifices for the prosperity of the people of Pakistan and played a leading role to overcome energy crisis in the country .

He said Kohala , Neelum Hydro power projects and Mangla uprising projects were the glaring examples in that regard.

The prime minister underlined the need for starting work on Mansehra –Muzaffarabad and Mirpur Mangla project under CEPC which were agreed by the previous government but the present regime had not given priority to this project.

Speaking on the occasion the Federal Minister Hamad Azhar assured that the agreement reached with the Azad Jammu Kashmir government would be fully implemented.

He added that Azad Jammu Kashmir government would receive billions of rupees on account of water uses annually besides securing tremendous financial support from the government of Pakistan.