Power project’s CEO resigns ISLAMABAD: Possibly after failing to achieve targets, the Chief Executive Officer of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project, retired Lt Gen Mohammad Zubair, has resigned.
He had been under pressure from the federal government for failing to meet deadlines for the commissioning of the project.
Retired Lt Gen Zubair had joined the project in Sept 2010 and due to different issues had tendered his resignation in Oct 2015 but it was not accepted by the government.
The management of the 969MW project had told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2013 that the first of the three power generation units of the project would be completed by Oct 2015.
But later the timeline was extended to June 2016, then to Dec 2016 and finally to June 2017.
Earlier in a presentation to the Cabinet Committee on Energy, retired Lt Gen Zubair had, in his defence, identified factors causing the delay as shortage of funds, technical problems and the difficult terrain that had slowed down construction activities.
The project envisages diversion of the River Neelum through tunnels beginning from Nauseri, about 40km off Muzaffarabad, and its outfall in the River Jhelum in Chatter Kalas, Azad Kashmir, where the powerhouse is being constructed.