Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday performed the ground breaking for the US$807 million Tarbela 5th Extention Hydropower Project (T-5), being developed under the government's 'Decade of Dams 2018-28' vision.

The T-5 Hydropower Project will enhance the life of Tarbela Dam by addressing the issue of sedimentation and ensuring sustainable irrigation releases. The project will generate another 1530MW of low cost hydroelectricity, increasing the installed capacity of Tarbela Dam from 4888MW to 6418MW.

The World Bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are providing US$390 million and US$300 million, respectively, to help developed the project, which is expected to be completed by 2024.