LAHORE - Chairman WAPDA Engineer Lt Gen (r) Sajjad Ghani has urged upon the project management to complete Sawat River diversion within the current year. It is essential to commence construction work on the main dam. He directed WAPDA project team, consultants and the contractors to execute construction plan within given timeline.
Chairman WAPDA expressed these views during his visit to Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project, being constructed by WAPDA on River Swat upstream of Munda Headworks in District Mohmand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The chairman visited a number of sites to witness construction activities going on there. He also had a detailed round of diversion tunnels outlet and inlet to monitor concrete lining and excavation works. GM/PD Mohmand Dam, project managers of the consultants and the contractors and other senior officers of WAPDA were also present during the visit.
Later, Mohmand Dam project management made a presentation to the chairman about progress achieved so far on the project. It was briefed that construction activities on 14 key sites of the various components are being carried out simultaneously, including diversion system, dam, spillway, re-regulation pond, switchyard etc. Permanent works of concrete lining in diversion tunnels are progressing at a faster pace to achieve target of river diversion. Excavation on left and right abutments of the dam is complete, while concreting of the foundations of the two abutments is in progress. Excavation work on the spillway is 80% complete and concreting is being done on the portions, that have been excavated. Earthwork of the switchyard has also been completed, it was further briefed.
The 213-meter high Mohmand Dam is a concrete-face-rock-fill (CFR) dam, which is the 5th highest dam of its type in the world. It is a multi- purpose project and is scheduled for completion in 2026-27. On completion, it will store 1.2 MAF of water and help mitigate floods in Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera. Besides supplementing 160,000 acres of existing land, it will also irrigate 18,237 acres of new land in Mohmand and Charsadda. Installed generation capacity of Mohmand Dam is 800MW. It will contribute 2.86 billion units of low-cost and environment friendly hydel electricity per annum to the national grid. The project will also provide 300 million gallons water per day to Peshawar for drinking purpose. Estimated annual benefits of the project stand at Rs. 51.6 billion. A sum of Rs. 4.5 billion has been earmarked for Confidence Building Measures (CBM) in the project area for socio-economic development of the locals.