The federal government on Wednesday declared that construction work on the much-awaited Mohmand dam project would begin from January 2019’s first week.
Faisal Vawda the Minister for Water Resources whereas addressing a press conference in Islamabad along with Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain said that the dam will be constructed through local funding and around Rs.17 to 18 billion would be spent from the annual allotment of the Public Sector Development Programme (PDSP) over the next five years.
Mr. Vawda said that the 54 years old project would now be materialized with the collective efforts of the PTI’s government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who will be invited as chief guests to the initiation ceremony.
He said that the chief justice took a personal interest in the project and helped to remove obstacles standing in the way of its commencement.
Faisal Vawda said; the nation would hear more good news in the future and those politicians who pushed the nation into darkness would not be spared.
The German Ambassador Martin Kobler in Pakistan and the representatives of Chinese Embassy also called on Vawda and showed a keen interest in investing in the hydro-power project of Mohmand dam; according to a press release.
The Wapda chairman lamented that no mega project could be initiated after the construction of Tarbela dam in 1967 that resulted in crisis in the energy and water in the country.
He said the Mohmand dam would not only store 1.2 million acre feet water but also generate 800 MW; hydel electricity besides irrigating 18,000 acres land.
The project would also help protect Mardan, Charsadda, Peshawar and other areas from floods during monsoon season.
The chairman said, the Indus Cascade had the potential of generating over 30,000 to 40,000 MW hydel electricity.
He said in replying to a question, “Wapda had completed mega projects like Mangla and Tarbela dams, along with 15 small dams including Khanpur and five barrages in the past.”
Neelum Jhelum project was completed during the stipulated time whereas all three units of the Tarbela Fourth Extension project were fully functional, he added.
He said Golan Gol and Kacchi Canal projects, which had been abandoned in the past, were being performed by Wapda.
The chairman said that the prime minister and the steering committee had determined the issue of funding while the chief minister had helped settle the land acquisition issue of the project.
In another question’s reply, he said that the first phase of the Dasu dam would be completed by 2022 to 2023.
Concerning Kishanganga and other disputed projects by India, Water Resources Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja said the attorney general office was revising the report of the World Bank.