PM Imran addresses Mohmand Dam groundbreaking ceremony
MOHMAND: The groundbreaking ceremony is underway for Mohmand Dam which will be performed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.
Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister Imran thanked former CJP Mian Saqib Nisar for raising awareness about the country’s water crisis and the need to build dams.
“Our government had failed in thinking about the future of Pakistan. This led to the chief justice of the country raising an issue which should have been done by the prime minister and government. I want to thank Justice Saqib Nisar for this,” he said.
Resolving to fix the country’s economic issues, the premier said, “There cannot be an investment in any country until there is peace. People want to invest in Pakistan because they think there is peace here. Unemployment will begin to decrease when there is an investment in the country.”
Prime Minister Imran said underdeveloped areas of the country including the tribal belt had been left behind due to the failure of past governments in planning for the future and beyond their five-year terms in office.
“China has progressed because its leadership does not think about winning the election, rather it thinks about planning for the future of the country.”
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.
The dam will be able to store 300,000 cusecs of water.
It 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 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.