The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has postponed the inauguration of the Mohmand Dam Project. The inauguration was earlier planned on the 2nd of January. The government has not announced any new date for the inauguration.
As per sources, a spokesman of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has given confirmation of this delay but has not provided any reason behind the decision.
Imran Khan—the prime minister and the chief justice of Pakistan—Mian Saqib Nisar, who also joined hands in initiating the fundraising campaign for constructing water reservoirs in the country, were all ready for attending the ceremony as chief guests.
In the meantime, Iftikhar Durrani—the spokesperson of the prime minister said that he was not at all aware of the delay in the inauguration ceremony.
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The project is of significant importance for the nation as Pakistan is facing the issue of water scarcity and energy shortage.
According to the sources, the ceremony has been postponed owing to the dispute over the award of contract of the project.
The data present on the website of WAPDA tells that the comprehensive engineering layout of the dam project was finished in April 2017, consultancy firms were hired for the construction design, supervision of the construction activities and a contract for the management of Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project.
The Mohmand Dam Project is a suggested multi-purpose concrete-faced rock-filled dam present on the Swat River nearly 37kilometres north of Peshawar and 5kilometres upstream of Munda Headworks in the Mohmand District—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The project after its completion is anticipated to produce 740 MW of hydroelectricity and irrigate 15,100 acres of land and control flood downstream.