Construction of Mohmand Dam to provide 6,000 jobs

Since the ground-breaking of the Mohmand Dam project by the Prime Minister, construction activities on the project site have been advancing at a very fast pace. WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) and a jirga of area notables, headed by the MNA from tribal district Mohmand Sajid Khan visited the project area to witness construction work on the permanent access roads on both banks of River Swat – one of the components of Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project. The 15.5-kilometer long road starting from Munda Headworks will provide access for construction of dam, spillway and irrigation tunnels.
Some notable achievements of WAPDA include setting up of a weather station in the project area, installation of gauging instruments at the river to measure discharge of water and carrying out initial geo-tech boring for construction of the structures.
Speaking on the occasion, WAPDA Chairman said that Mohmand Dam Project will provide more than 6,000 job opportunities during construction in addition to making lucrative compensation to the affectees for their land and assets.
Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project is scheduled to be completed in five years and eight months. It will store about 1.2 million acre feet (MAF) of water, generate 800 megawatt (MW) of low-cost hydel electricity and help mitigate floods in Peshawar, Charsadda and Naushera. Besides supplementing 160,000 acres of existing land, about 16,700 acres of new land will also be irrigated because of Mohmand Dam. In addition, 300 million gallons 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.