Islamabad: The major structures of the 720MW Karot Hydropower Project (HPP), which is being built as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), are nearly complete. The powerhouse, spillway, and dam for the project on the Jhelum River are nearing completion.

Work on the project, which falls under the jurisdiction of two districts in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, namely Rawalpindi and Kotli, began in December 2016 and was completed on November 20 this year.

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When the Karot HPP finally closed the Diversion Tunnels Gates (three in total) to begin Stage One of impounding the reservoir. The advancement has been designated as a significant achievement in the core project.

The Karot HPP reservoir stretches 27 kilometres upstream to the Azad Pattan region. The first stage of the reservoir impoundment was estimated to take roughly 35 hours to raise the water level to 423 metres from 393 metres, but the goal was met in just 28 hours.

According to a press release from the project, the Karot HPP employs the best management methods to safeguard the community, employees, and workers.

Furthermore, due of the impoundment’s affects, specific efforts have been taken to protect and conserve the flora and fauna both upstream and downstream.

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During the impoundment, emergency reaction teams were on standby to handle any situation that arose. On the project site, the Punjab Rescue 1122 crew was also there, along with an ambulance and water rescue vehicles.

The response teams were in constant liaison with all emergency organizations operational in the area. An efficient forecasting and warning communication system had been developed under early warning system and emergency action plans.

Community safety awareness campaigns were conducted well before the reservoir impoundment, with sessions being conducted in communities and adjacent villages.

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