Pakistan – Mohmand Dam gets Supreme Court go-ahead
- September 6, 2018
- Category: Engineering, Asia
A recent judgement by the Supreme Court of Pakistan could mean an early commencement of the construction of the Mohmand Dam in the Tribal District Mohmand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain of the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has described the Dam as a project “of immense importance” to Pakistan. The Dam will store 1.2 million acre feet (MAF) of water for irrigated agriculture, help mitigate floods in Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera and generate 800 mega watt (MW) of green and clean energy.
A number of options are being considered to start construction work on the project during fiscal year 2018-19 – WAPDA has already completed a feasibility study, detailed engineering designs and tender documents.
The Chairman added that the project, scheduled to be completed in five years and eight months after commencement of construction work, will significantly contribute towards development of agriculture, industrial, economic and social sectors in the country.
On a visit to the Mohmand Dam site, the Chairman also updated local officials about the land acquisition process, resettlement of people in the project area and development scheme in the area.
He explained that WAPDA would pay appropriate compensation to the local community in lieu of their land and assets and also develop infrastructure, health and education facilities and drinking water schemes in the area
The WAPDA Chairman also visited Warsak Dam to review progress on the Second Rehabilitation Project of the Warsak Hydel Power Station. During the briefing, the Chairman was informed that the Second Rehabilitation Project goal is to regain the lost generation capacity of the existing aging Warsak Hydel Power Station.The project will achieve reliable annual energy generation of 1.14 billion units per annum and increase the useful life of the Power House by another 30 to 40 years.
The project will be completed in a phased manner in about seven years.