Golen Gol project's German consultant resigns in protest

CHITRAL: The chief consultant of the Golen Gol hydropower project has tendered his resignation to the quarters concerned, citing the reason that his suggestions were continually ignored by Wapda, the executing agency of the project.

golenA knowledgeable source told this correspondent requesting anonymity that the consultant, Mr George, a German national, was known for his efficiency who possessed varied experience in the hydropower generation job, and had accelerated the pace of work after his posting two years ago.

The source said Mr George had developed differences with the Wapda engineers on the site when his advices were disregarded to which they were legally bound to follow, and continued faulty construction of the civil works jeopardizing the future of the biggest ever power house of the district.

Mr George complained that his suggestions were continually ignored by Wapda, the project’s executing agency

The source said the diversion point in the intake of the power channel had been damaged by the flash floods of last year and the consultant’s technical advice was outrightly ignored in the restoration process some months ago.

He said the consultant proposed the passage of the transmission line through the Lowari tunnel instead of Lowari Pass to cut its length short by 25 kilometres but the Wapda engineers turned it down allegedly for the undue benefit of the contractor of the line.

“At this point, the consultant developed serious differences with the executing agency of the tunnel and decided to quit the job,” the source said.

Quoting the outgoing consultant, the source said the prime minister had been misinformed by Wapda that the completion of Golen Gol project would take place by 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 Dec 2017.

The source said the tunnel engineer of the project had been assigned the additional charge of consultant whose eligibility for the job was being questioned by the technical quarters.

When the project director, Engineer Javed Afridi, was contacted to know his version, he confirmed the resignation of the consultant but said he had resigned on personal grounds and had no differences with Wapda.

“After assuming charge of my present assignment, I have always acted upon his (consultant’s) technical advices which were binding on us,” said Mr Afridi.

Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2016


5 Replies to “Golen Gol project's German consultant resigns in protest”

  1. These allegations are absolutely idiotic,Transmission of “High Tension Lines” through the tunnel is not possible,not anywhere in this world,and for your kind information there was no flood in golein goal last year and flood never hit any part of the project.

  2. Prime Minister Of Pakistan should take serious notice of the matter and WAPDA one of the corrupt organization should not be allowed to play game with one of the best power generating units of the country. There should 100% action on the direction of the consultant. Resignation of consultant is big issue and it can not be ignored….

  3. Apne mazi se koi sabaq nehi li. suna hai reshun power house bhi german engineer k bataye hue jage yani tunnel k andar nehi banayi gaya… Or natija ham ne dekh lia..

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