Gomal Zam Dam to irrigate 163,000 acres: Durrani

LAHORE: Gomal Zam Dam will significantly contribute towards socio-economic development of the country, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular, as the project will ensure availability of water for irrigated agriculture, control floods and provide low-cost hydel electricity.

This was stated by Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Shakil Durrani during his visit to the project located in South Waziristan Agency of FATA on Friday.

Dilating upon benefits of the project, the Chairman said that Gomal Zam Dam would store 1.14 million acre feet (MAF) of water to irrigate 163,000 acres of land, besides mitigation floods. In addition, the project with generation capacity of 17.4 megawatt (MW) would also contribute 91 million units of electricity annually to the National Grid. This quantum of electricity is sufficient to supply electricity to about 25,000 households in the area, he added. Earlier, the chairman visited various components of the project to witness the on-going construction work.

Reviewing progress on the project, he expressed satisfaction that the main dam of the project had been completed and filling of the reservoir also started. He lauded the efforts of WAPDA officials, consultants and the contractors adding that this achievement had been made despite financial constraints and adverse working conditions due to security situation in the area.

WAPDA General Manager (North) Projects Rashid Ali Khan Bangash briefing the Chairman said that the powerhouse is at advanced stage of completion, while construction work on the irrigation system, 63-kilometer long main lined canal and 204-kilometer long distributaries, is also in progress.

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