Chief Consultant of Golen Gol Hydro Power Project
CHITRAL: The chief consultant of Golen Gol Hydro power
project has tendered his resignation to the quarter concerned
saying that his advices were continually ignored by WAPDA, the
executing agency of the project.
A knowledgeable source told Chitral Times requesting
anonymity that the consultant, a German national, was known for his
efficiency who possessed varied experience in the hydro-power
generation job who had accelerated the pace of work after his
posting two years ago.
The source said that he had developed differences with the WAPDA
engineers in the site when his advices were disregarded to which
they were legally bound to obey and continued faulty construction
of the civil work jeopardizing the future of the biggest ever power
house of the district.
The source said that the diversion point in the intake of the power
channel had been damaged by the flash flood of last year and his
technical advice was outrightly ignored in the restoration process
some months ago with the result that the structure has again
He said that the consultant proposed the passage of the national
grid through the Lowari tunnel instead of Lowari Pas to cut its
length short by 25 kilometers but the WAPDA engineers turned down
it allegedly for the undue benefit of the contractor of the
“In this point, the consultant had developed serious differences
with the executing agency of the tunnel and he decided to quit the
job”, the source said.
Quoting the outgoing consultant, the source said that the prime
minister had been misinformed by WAPDA about the completion of
Golen Gol project as June next year which was not possible while
the factual position was that the first of its three units was
likely to be ready for reliability test by December 2017.
The MNA from Chitral, Shahzada Iftikharud Din, when contacted by
Chitral Times to know his version, however, negated that the
consultant had not resigned his job but he had been fired on the
direction of Ministry of Water and Power as he was creating
unnecessary hurdles for the progress.
He also negated the claim of the German consultant regarding slow
pace of work on the site and said that the prime minister was given
fortnight report on the progress of the project and there is no
reason of inordinate delay in its completion.
On the other hand, the district nazim Maghfirat Shah said that
whether it is resignation or termination of the consultant, the
timing was not appropriate as it will adversely affect the pace as
well as the quality of work.
He said that the suggestion of the consultant regarding the passage
of the national grid through the tunnel should be considered
earnestly and if it technically feasible, then the advice should be
acted upon as the high altitude Lowari Pass receives more than
eight feet snow every year.