Water & Power Development Authority

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Water & Power Development Authority
مقتدرہ ترقیات پانی و بجلی
Emblem of WAPDA

WAPDA House, Lahore-54000, Pakistan
Agency overview
FormedFebruary 22, 1958; 66 years ago (1958-02-22)
TypePower and Hydrology
JurisdictionFederal Government of Pakistan
HeadquartersWAPDA House, Lahore-54000, Pakistan
Agency executive
Parent agencyMinistry of Water Resources (Pakistan) Ministry of Energy (Power Division)

The Pakistan Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA; Urdu: مقتدرہ ترقیات پانی و بجلی) is a government-owned public utility maintaining power and water in Pakistan, although it does not manage thermal power. WAPDA includes Tarbela and Mangla dams among its resources. Its headquarters are in Lahore.


WAPDA was established by an act of parliament in 1958[2] to unify the maintenance of infrastructure previously overseen by provincial agencies. Its Chairmen included outstanding civil servants like Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Ghulam Faruque Khan and Aftab Ghulam Nabi Kazi who were subsequently President of Pakistan, Minister for Commerce and Economic Adviser, respectively. In October 2007, thermal power management was split into the newly formed Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO).

WAPDA Water vision 2025[edit]

WAPDA has formulated a comprehensive $25–33 billion National Water Resource and Hydropower Development Programme, entitled Water Vision 2025. The Water Vision 2025 projects are expected to generate 16,000 MW of hydroelectricity. Other goals are to prevent water shortages, limit drought and increase water storage for a growing population. Five massive hydropower projects have been announced by the President of Pakistan; these are to be completed by 2016, with a generation capacity of 9,500 MW. Two of the projects are ready for construction, while three are in the stages of feasibility studies and preparation of tender documents.[3][4]

Water Vision 2025 consists of three phases. Phase I was expected to start in 1993 but was delayed. The priority of water sector projects under Phase I of Water Vision 2025 are Gomal Dam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mirani Dam and Mithan Kot Barrage at Kachhi Canal (Balochistan) raising of Mangla Dam (Azad Kashmir), Greater Thal Canal phase I (Punjab) and Thar/ Rainee Canals phase I (Sindh). The total cost of these Phase I projects will be $2.467 billion with a construction period of five years. Under Phase II, Hingol Dam, Balochistan Dam and Satpara Dam (Northern Areas), Chashma Right Bank Canal and Kurram Tangi Dam (NWFP), phase II of the Greater Thal Canal Akhori Dam and Sanjwal Dam (Punjab), phase II of Thar/Rainee Canals, Gajnai and Sehwan Barrage (Sindh) will be completed in 3–6 years, except Bhasha Dam, which will take 8–10 years for its completion. The total cost of Phase II projects will be $8.94 billion. These 11 projects will have a storage capacity of 12,790,000 acre-feet (15.78 km3), would generate over 3362 mW of power, and would irrigate 14000 square kilometers of land. Under Phase III, Yugo Dam, Skardu Dam, Dhok Dam, Rohtas Dam, Naulong Dam and Khadji Dam will be completed and under phase IV Katzarah Dam will be completed.


Before the disbundling of its power wing WAPDA was the principal agency of Pakistan for the development of its water resources and electric power network. During its prime WAPDA was the biggest state institution of the civil government of Pakistan. Since its inception in 1958 WAPDA has played a crucial role in the water & power sector and was the sole institution of the government of Pakistan for generation, transmission and distribution of power; Irrigation, water supply and drainage; Prevention of waterlogging and reclamation of waterlogged and saline lands; and Flood control. But after 2007 WAPDA’s mandate now is the development of water and hydropower resources in an efficient manner.

Sporting teams[edit]


There is a 260 Bedded WAPDA Teaching Hospital Complex at Lahore providing medical services to those in need. Additionally, there are 50 bedded hospitals at Tarbela, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Multan, Quetta & Guddu and 20 bedded hospital at Mangla and Sukkur which are fully functional and proving in-house services in all major clinical disciplines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WAPDA Chairman discusses financing for WAPDA projects with French Ambassador".
  2. ^ Water and Power Development Authority
  3. ^ (R H Siddiqui) Wapda 'Vision 2025' to help solve power crises The Nation (newspaper), Published 24 September 2008, Retrieved 20 June 2021
  4. ^ Fawad Yousafzai (12 May 2021). "Wapda endeavouring to add 9000MW to national grid by 2028". The Nation (newspaper). Retrieved 20 June 2021.