Abid vis­its Tar­bela Dam to in­ves­ti­gate ac­ci­dent

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Min­is­ter of State for Wa­ter and Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali Sun­day vis­ited Tar­bela Dam to in­ves­ti­gate ac­ci­dent which oc­curred on Satur­day night at Tar­bela 4th Ex­ten­sion Hy­dropower Project.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened while place­ment of con­crete which caused col­laps­ing of form­work where eight work­ers, in­clud­ing four Chi­nese and four Pak­istani, were present, said a press re­lease.

The res­cue op­er­a­tion was car­ried im­me­di­ately which lasted till mid­night. Two Chi­nese and two Pak­istani work­ers died on the spot.

The in­jured were shifted to hospi­tal and are be­ing looked af­ter prop­erly. Two Chi­nese work­ers, who were still in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, were shifted to Islamabad. The con­di­tion of two Pakistanis in­jured was sta­ble. Mean­while, it is re­ported that con­struc­tion work on the 1410 MW-Tar­bela 4th Ex­ten­sion Hy­dropower Project was re­sumed af­ter re­mov­ing the de­bris from the ac­ci­dent site on Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a WAPDA spokesman, four per­sons, in­clud­ing two Chi­nese na­tion­als, lost their lives when the scaf­fold­ing for con­crete work at Tar­bela Dam col­lapsed on Satur­day night.

WAPDA has been car­ry­ing out con­struc­tion work round-the-clock un­der ac­cel­er­ated pro­gramme to com­plete the 1410 MW-Tar­bela 4th Ex­ten­sion Hy­dropower Project.

As con­crete pour­ing was go­ing on at the site last night, the scaf­fold­ing for con­crete work down­stream of Unit No. 17 col­lapsed at about 11. Four per­sons, in­clud­ing two Chi­nese, were also in­jured, who were taken to the Com­bined Mil­i­tary Hospi­tal (CMH) Tar­bela. Mean­while, it is re­ported from Lahore that the gov­ern­ment must con­cen­trate on es­tab­lish­ing bio-mass units in vil­lages and ex­ploit other such al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources, Lahore Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (LCCI) for­mer pres­i­dent, Syed Mohsin Raza Bukhari, said here on Sun­day.

Talk­ing to APP, he said that amongst the al­ter­na­tive sources of en­ergy, biomass shows tremen­dous po­ten­tial. The to­tal ca­pac­ity in biomass is over 22,000 megawatts in Pak­istan, for which lit­tle tech­ni­cal train­ing is re­quired, he added.

He said though the gov­ern­ment is work­ing in en­ergy sec­tor ef­fec­tively and a num­ber of power projects are in the pipe­line, it is a duty of the gov­ern­ment to de­velop al­ter­na­tive means of elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion.

He said the gov­ern­ment should also fo­cus on con­struc­tion of wa­ter reser­voirs.—APP

CHI­TRAL: Army sol­diers busy in re­lief and res­cue op­er­a­tion in flood-hit area of vil­lage Ur­soon and shift­ing in­jured per­sons by he­li­copter.

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