Mohmand Dam groundbreaking next month: Vawda

Islamabad: federal Minister for Power Resources Faisal Vawda said Wednesday that the ground breaking ceremony of Mohmand Dam will be held in first week of next month. 
Addressing a news conference here, he said the opening will be a historic landmark for country’s future water needs.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan will be the chief guest on the occasion, while Chief Justice of Pakistan and other high profile guests have been invited to grace the occasion.
The Minister said the inauguration will send a positive message to the whole world that Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is undertaking mega projects for public welfare.
Faisal Vawda said 800 MW of electricity will be produced from this project and it will also provide abundant water to the residents of Peshawar. The minister said 17000 acres of agricultural land will be irrigated.
He said the financing of more than Rs 300 billion so far has been arranged from indigenous resources and no foreign funding is part of it. 
He said Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) was a very important institution of Pakistan and it has the necessary skills and competence to complete the project before time.
Faisal Vawda hailed the role of armed forces in giving numerous sacrifices to eradicate the militancy from Mohmand Agency.
Also speaking at the news conference, WAPDA Chairperson Muzzamil Hussain said 18,000 acres will be used for the dam. He stressed the need for additional electricity generation and said the dam will also help prevent floods. It will also ensure water supply for the people of Peshawar, he said.
Hussain said they will begin work on the Diamer-Bhasha dam in the next five to six months. The Mohmand dam will be completed in five years, he said.