Premier to perform ground-breaking of Mohmand Dam today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform the ground-breaking of Mohmand Dam today.

The premiers along with former chief justice Saqib Nisar are expected to perform the groundbreaking ceremony of the dam in Mohmand district.

The dam is being constructed on Swat River and will be completed at a cost of over Rs183 billion by 2024.

Mohmand Dam on completion will generate 800-megawatt electricity besides bringing about 17,000 acres barren land under cultivation. The dam will also solve the problem of water scarcity in Mohmand district besides saving Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera districts from floods.

Mohmand Dam is the flood control dam and after its construction, it will be able to store 300,000 cusecs of water.

The dam has 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 cost of the said project in 2003 stood at $1 billion which has now swelled to $3 billion because of the inordinate delay during Musharraf regime.