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IFC supports hydro plant in Pak

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Islamabad—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing $60 million in Star Hydro Power Limited to support the construction of a private hydro-power project in Pakistan and increase the country’s supply of renewable energy.

The 147 megawatt run-of-the-river power plant is the largest privately financed hydro-power development in Pakistan. Export-Import Bank of Korea, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank are also financing the $409 million project.

Pakistan’s Water Problems: Do We Care Enough to Act?

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Water pollution, discharge of effluents and unsafe drinking water are factors among others that pose a threat to human wellbeing and Pakistan’s ecosystem. While some do not have water to drink, others waste it in vast quantities. Witness the women carrying water on their heads for miles in the scorching heat on one hand, and crops under flood irrigation and the cars of the rich being hosed down in the cities, on the other.

Pakistan, A Water-Scarce Country

Unquenchable thirst

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SONAULLAH PHAPHO has spent half a century picking a living from Wular lake high in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Today he is lucky if he scoops a fish or two out of the soupy mess. Push a boat into the knee-deep lake and the mud raises a stink of sewage. A century ago Wular and its surrounding marshes covered more than 217 square kilometres (84 square miles), making it one of Asia’s larger freshwater lakes. Now, thanks to silt and encroachment, the extraction of water by nearby towns and tree planting on the shore, it measures only 87 sq km and is shrinking.

Diamer-Bhasha Dam: ADB asks govt to focus on people, not just water, power

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While Pakistan frets over megawatts generated and million acre feet of water stored, the lead financer of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam says the country should focus on social aspects of the affected population and address issues of environmental degradation and revenue sharing between contesting territories.

With an estimated price tag of $11.2 billion, the project is planned to be completed in 12 years. It will generate 4,500 megawatts of electricity, besides storing 8.5 million-acre-feet of water for agriculture purposes.

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