MIRPUR (AJK) Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Shakil Durrani Thursday visited Mangla Power House to witness the rehabilitation works at Unit No 5, official sources said. He was accompanied by Mangla Dam Raising Project General Manager Chief Engineer Mangla Dam Organisation, Resident Engineer and other officers, said the sources Thursday evening. Speaking on the occasion, the chairman said that the Wapda is implementing a two-pronged strategy for optimum utilisation of the indigenous hydropower resources to cope with growing demand of electricity in the country. He mentioned the ongoing projects saying that the Wapda is constructing a number of new hydropower projects on priority while it is also engaged in executing rehabilitation and upgrading of its old hydel power stations which will help improve the ratio of low-cost hydel electricity in the National Grid to stabilise the power tariff. During the visit, the chairman was explained the rehabilitation works carried out by the Wapda officials at Unit No 5. He directed the officers concerned to closely monitor performance of the unit. He further said that the USAID has shown interest in providing financial assistance to upgrade Mangla Power House. The Wapda had already awarded contract to carry out feasibility study for upgrading of 1000-MW Mangla Power House. Based on the preliminary studies, the generation capacity of the power house is likely to increase by about 200-MW. Besides the upgrading Mangla Power House, the Wapda is also engaged in rehabilitation and upgrading Tarbela, Jabban and Warsak power houses.