South Asia

Published: Sunday 30 September 2007

DAM IT: On August 30, 2007, the Pakistan government announced the expansion of the Tarbela dam, built on the Indus river. A consortium, Tarbela Hydro Limited and Associates, comprising the India-based Kohinoor Group and the UAE-based Al-Nahyan Group, was to undertake the US $500 million Tarbela dam expansion project to improve its generation capacity by 960 MW. The project's feasibility study will be completed within 18 months and the project completed by 2015. It is expected to raise the dam's generation capacity to about 4,550 MW. This is the fourth extension for the Tarbela hydropower project. The dam, located about 50 km northwest of Islamabad and at a height of 485 feet above the river bed, is the largest earth-filled dam in the world.

Meanwhile, the government is also spending about US $825,000 on the beautification of the Rawal dam park.

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