SOURCE- THE ECONOMIC TIMES
The Pakistani authorities blame the Chinese for project slippages and inefficient operation. The Chines, on the other hand, have their own complaints of delayed payment which they cites as the main cause of the delays.
The Chinese engineers and staff have abandoned their repair of the mega 969-megawatt Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir which is shut down since early July this year after Pakistan faced a continuous shortage of fuel and electricity.
The Chinese have given the excuses of local protests over the plant and the failure of the project has created a major rift between Pakistan and China over joint hydropower project.
The plant is located near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the Chines engineer were working to unblock a crucial tunnel. The hydropower project worth Rs 508 billion saw a sudden halt within three years of its operation, exposing serious difference between Pakistan and Chinese authorities over joint projects, particularly the Dasu and Mohamand power projects besides the Neelum-Jhelum plant, Islam Khabar reported.
A 3.5 km long tunnel that diverted water from the plant to the river development a serious fault and forced a complete shutdown of the plant, at a time when the country was faced with a serious power crisis, The major cracks in the tailrace tunnel forced the authorities to shut down the project.
The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPAD), which operates hydropower stations, later also confirmed that the project’s “tailrace tunnel has been blocked and a result, the power station has been closed for safety reasons”.
The Pakistan authorities blame the Chinese for projects slippage and inefficient operation. The Chinese, on the other hand, have their own complaints of the delayed payment which of they cite as the main cause of the delays, Islam Khabar reported.
WAPADA had pointed out in meeting with the Chinese company officials said about slow progress despite time extensions, substandard construction quality, and poor supervision and management.