Minister provides development update for Mohmand Dam

According to news that came out on June 3, Federal Minister for Water Resources Khursheed Ahmed Shah said that 20% of the work on Mohmand Dam was done.

The federal minister went to the dam site to check on how the building was going. He said the project would not be done for another four years and hoped it would be done by the deadline. Shah, in charge of water resources, also said that work was going on at four other dams, which would give the country enough water sources to meet its own needs.

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Also, he said that since the country is an agricultural country, it needs dams to help the economy. He also said that the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) thinks that the project will be finished by the middle of 2026. The minister said the dam would help the country with its food, energy, and water problems.

According to reports, work on the Mohmand Dam began in 2019. The dam is being built on the Swat River, 5 km upstream of Munda Headworks in the Mohmand tribal district.

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The IsDB approves a $180 million loan for the Mohmand Dam

The IsDB approves a $180 million loan for the Mohmand Dam

The IsDB approves a $180 million loan for the Mohmand Dam Islamabad’s Islamic Development Bank  signed framework agreements Monday to loan Pakistan $180 million for the Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project. The loans will be used to build a hydroelectric dam (MDHP).

It was signed by Secretary of Economic Affairs Mian Asad Hayaud Din and the special adviser to the President of IsDB Mohammad Jamal Al-Satti.

It was also attended by IsDB President Dr Muhammad Al Jasser, who is in Pakistan for three days to attend the 48th meeting of the Council of Ministers of the OIC. Dr. Al Jasser also met with Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan and talked about things they both care about, an official statement said.

Both sides talked about how Pakistan and the IsDB will work together in the future. They agreed to keep giving Pakistan technical and financial help.

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For a total of $180m, they signed three framework agreements. They were for financing for Rs310bn worth of MDHP. The construction contract for the project was handed to a consortium of China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) and Abdul Razak Dawood’s Descon Engineering in 2019. Construction began in September 2019 and will be finished by December 2025.

MDHP is a multi-purpose concrete-faced rockfill dam that is being built on the Swat River in the Mohmand District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is about 48 kilometres from Peshawar and 5 kilometres upstream of Munda Head Works. People in Peshawar, Pakistan, will get 13.32 cubic metres of clean drinking water and more than 6,000 jobs due to this project. It will generate 1,300 megawatts of electricity and increase Pakistan’s water storage capacity by 1,293 million acre-feet (MAF).

Dr Muhammad Al Jasser, the head of the bank, said that the bank took great pride in working with its partners to help Pakistan with a project of national significance. The Arab Coordination Group and Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority are working together to build a multi-purpose dam that will not only provide more energy and water but also improve the lives of the people living near it and protect them from flooding.

The signing of the framework agreements for the Mohmand Dam and Hydropower Plant project shows that Pakistan and the IsDB Group have been working together for a long time. This is in line with Pakistan’s priorities and the IsDB Group’s promise to invest more in climate-friendly projects, the ISDB chief said.

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Mohmand receives Rs4.5 billion as a result of the dam

Mohmand receives Rs4.5 billion as a result of the dam

The Mohmand Dam Project has resulted in a particular development package worth Rs4.5 billion for Mohmand and the surrounding areas. District Mohmand has received 86% of the overall development package, district Bajaur has received 8%, Malakand has received 3%, and district Charsadda has received 3%. The district shares have been calculated based on the proportion of area affected by the Mohmand Dam Project.

It was determined at a high-level meeting here on Tuesday, which Chief Minister Mahmood Khan chaired. The meeting was attended by Corps Commander Peshawar Lt General Nauman Mehmood, Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, administrative Secretaries of the pertinent departments, and others.

They delivered detailed guidelines on all aspects of the particular development package designed for the areas affected by the Mohmand Dam Project to the gathering. In addition, a variety of public welfare development projects in various industries have been proposed as part of the package.

It also revealed that as part of the package, a 132 kV grid station would be built in the district of Mohmand at the cost of Rs700 million. More than 1.5 lakh locals in the area would benefit from the project. In Tehsil Prang Ghar, will spend Rs700 million on the widening and rehabilitation of a 30-kilometre road.

It also revealed that a 6km long road in Tehsil Pindiali, district Mohmand, would be built at the cost of Rs75 million. In addition, in district Mohmand, numerous projects costing Rs236 million will be launched in the education sector, will spend Rs135 million on healthcare schemes.

It was also determined that would implement different sports-related initiatives worth Rs60 million for the area. Also included several quick-impact initiatives in the development package, which would cost Rs175 million to execute.

According to the meeting, all of the development ideas included in the package had been in conjunction with elected officials and local elders in the affected communities. The meeting decided to form a Joint Steering Committee, led by the Additional Chief Secretary, to implement the development programs quickly. The chief minister authorized a comprehensive action plan with realistic timetables to achieve speedy progress on the development plans planned under the package. “All related departments must ensure demonstrable progress on their projects within the specified dates so that citizens can benefit from the development package as soon as possible.”

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