Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Lt Gen (retd) Muzammil Hussain has stated that the Mohmand Dam would be completed within five years.
He made these remarks while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Water Resources on Monday.
He said the government was using the latest technologies for building the dam and that it would be completed before the proposed time of five years and eight months.
He said that it was unfortunate that the construction of the Mohmand dam has been delayed since the last fifty years.
Chairman WAPDA informed the Senate body that the reason for the potential delay was registration of nine cases against the government.
“All of the cases have been finally decided with verdicts in favor of the government,” he added.
“Mohmand Dam has a gross capacity of 1.9 million acre-feet (MAF), live capacity 0.67 MAF with power generation potential of 800 megawatts (MW) and annual energy production of 2862 GWh,” the chairman told Senators.
He rejected media propaganda suggesting irregularities in the bidding process for the construction of the dam and said the department followed went for open competitive bidding.
“The bidding process was held from November 23, 2017, to June 26, 2018. Almost 23 firms purchased bidding documents, 15 attended a pre-bid meeting, ten firms visited the dam site and only two firms on Joint Venture submitted bids for the project,” he said.
The chairman stated that 40 percent of the engineers for the project would be hired locally and 60 percent of expert engineers would be procured from around the globe.