Mohmand and Diamer-Bhasha dams’ construction is expected to begin in the first and second quarter of 2019. The total approved cost of the project is around Rs 883 billion.
A briefing was given to the newly appointed Minister for Water Resources Mohammad Faisal Vawda by the chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Muzammil Hussain about the construction of dams. The minister was given the assurance that the construction of dams will be on time in 2019. In the first quarter, the Mohmand dam will be constructed with the total approved cost of Rs309bn. The retired lieutenant general informed the minister that consultants were being hired who will evaluate the bids and observe the implementation of the project.
Consultancy firms were invited to submit their respective proposal for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam which will be worth Rs478bn.
So the Wapda Chairman told the Minister that the project will cost Rs 883 billion. The Diamer-Bhasha dam has been divided into two components. The first phase will begin by June 2019 and the second phase of electro-mechanical powerhouse will begin soon after.
There have been total donations of Rs 4.6 billion for the dam-fund that was created by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Also, Rs 23.8bn and Rs 2 billion for Diamer-Bhasha dam and Mohmand dam have been allocated in the Public Sector Development Programme 2018-19.
The Wapda Chairman made it clear that many factors were leading to the water crisis in Pakistan and it is extremely important to construct dams and save water for future generations.