Work on Mohmand Dam in top gear – Daily Notable
Work on Mohmand Dam, the country’s largest hydropower project since the construction of Tarbela dam in 1960s, is in full swing despite hiccups caused by coronavirus pandemic.
The dam is being built on the River Swat in Mohmand district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, around five kilometers upstream of Munda headwork at the cost of over Rs300 billion, with the capacity to produce 800 megawatts of electricity.
On Saturday, chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain briefed journalists about progress on the project.
Construction workers were seen remove earth and dig tunnels in the foothills of craggy slopes, which surround the narrow river course and debouch into plains of Charsadda district.
The Wapda chairman said work on the two diversion tunnels, each 1.5km long, would be completed by the next year before the crews began to dam the river.
He said work on the access tunnel for swift excavation of both diversion tunnels had been completed, while work was in progress on nine other project sites.
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“One of the diversion tunnels will be plugged after the construction of the dam,” he said.
Gen Hussain said Mohmand Dam was the flagship among eight Wapda projects and work on it had largely gone according to schedule despite disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is a multipurpose project promising flood protection, water storage, cheap electricity, and drinking and irrigation water,” he said.
The Wapda officials insisted that the concrete-face-rockfill dam was the fifth highest of its kind in the world with 213 meters height and that it would store around 1.2 million acre feet (MAF) of water to help mitigate floods in Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera districts.
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They said savings from flood mitigation alone had been pitched at Rs1.47 billion per annum.
The officials said besides supplementing 160,000 acres of land, the project would also ensure the irrigation of around 18,237 acres of new land.
According to them, the project’s powerhouse will generate 800 megawatts (MW) hydel electricity contributing 2.86 billion units of low-cost and environment-friendly electricity annually to the national grid providing annual revenue of over Rs45 billion.
Also, 300 million gallons water will be provided to Peshawar per day for drinking purpose.
The Wapda engineers put the annual benefits from the project at Rs51.6 billion and said they had also planned to spend Rs4.53 billion on confidence-building measures for the socioeconomic development of communities in the project area.
They said the project was estimated to produce 6,100 jobs, including 400 for engineers and 5,700 for semi-skilled workers.-PUNA