ISLAMABAD: Access Tunnel of Mohmand Dam for swift excavation of Diversion Tunnels has been completed, while construction work is in progress simultaneously on 9 different sites of the project. 

This was briefed to Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) during his visit to the project. The Chairman was briefed that excavation work on the main dam, spillway, power intake, diversion tunnels and re-regulation pond is underway in addition to construction work on irrigation tunnel, access roads, project colony and offices.  The baily bridge across River Swat is also being constructed for mobilization of construction machinery, workforce and equipment on both banks of the river. 

Reviewing construction activities at the project, WAPDA Chairman said that Mohmand Dam, like all other water and hydropower projects, is instrumental for the economic stability of Pakistan and social development in the country, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular, therefore, timely completion of this project is of paramount importance. He directed the project management to gear up their efforts the purpose.

It is worth mentioning that Mohmand Dam is being constructed on River Swat, upstream of Munda Headworks in Tribal District Mohmand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is the 5th highest concrete-face-rock-fill Dam (CFRD) in the world. On completion, the dam will store about 1.2-million-acre-feet (MAF) of water and help mitigate floods in Peshawar, Charsadda and Naushera. Besides supplementing 160,000 acres of existing land, about 18,237 acres of new land will also be irrigated. Mohmand Dam Power House will generate 800 megawatts (MW) hydel electricity, contributing 2.86 billion units of low-cost and environment-friendly hydel electricity annually to the National Grid. In addition, 300 million gallons of water per day will also be provided to Peshawar for drinking purpose. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs. 51.6 billion. 

The progress and prosperity of the locals residing in the project area are one of the topmost priorities. Hence, a hefty amount of Rs. 4.53 billion will be spent on Confidence Building Measures for socio-economic development in the project area.  

Mohmand Dam Project Director and General Manager Muhammad Javed Afridi, Security and Land Acquisition & Resettlement Director General Brigadier Imtiaz Hussain, representatives of the consultants and the contractors were also present on the occasion.

Hamza Habib is a senior journalist and former editor of who has previously worked for leading newspapers and TV networks of the country. He mainly writes on the economy and political issues.


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