Work on Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams will begin in the fiscal year 2018-19, according to WAPDA. Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Lieutenant General (Retired) Muzammil Hussain informed about the initiation of the projects while he was briefing the Water Resources Minister Syed Ali Zafar.
The chairman added that WAPDA has completed four mega-projects since August 2017 to keep up with the growing water and electricity needs.
Both projects are vital to achieve water and energy security, therefore, all stakeholders should play their role in the initiation and timely completion of these projects.
Diamer-Bhasha dam will have a capacity to store 8.1 million acre-feet (MAF) of water while generating 4,500 megawatts of electricity as well. Mohmand dam will be built with a generation capacity of 800 MW at a water storage capacity of 1.2 MAF.
As per the WAPDA chairman, following projects have been completed so far in the recent months.
- Phase-I of Kachhi Canal,
- Golen Gol,
- Tarbela 4th extension, and
These projects would irrigate 72,000 acres of barren land in Dera Bugti, Balochistan adding 2,487 MW to the national grid.
Following projects are ready-for-construction schemes,
- 1,410MW Tarbela 5th extension,
- 2,160MW stage-II of Dasu project,
- 7,100MW Bunji project, and
- Stage-II of multi-purpose Kurram Tangi dam.
Stage-1 of Kurram Tangi dam will be completed by 2020 while Dasu hydroelectric power project, with a 2,160 MW capacity, will start adding electricity by 2023.