Lahore, October 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Raghib Shah has said that the water sector projects are vital for socio-economic development in the country, particularly backward and remote regions such as Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
He expressed these views in a meeting today with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that WAPDA is working on a number of large and medium-sized dams in FATA including Gomal Zam Dam in South Waziristan, Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan, Munda Dam in Mohmand and Bara Dam in Khyber Agency. Dilating upon the benefits of the projects, he said that these multi-purposes schemes will ensure availability of water for irrigated agriculture, help mitigate devastating floods, and generate low-cost hydel electricity. In addition, lots of employment opportunities will also be available to the locals in FATA during construction as well as operation and maintenance phases of these projects. The job availability to the tribesmen will help alleviate poverty in the area, he further said.
Apprising the Governor of the progress on the projects, the Chairman said that Gomal Zam Dam Project is likely to be completed in January 2013, as dam and hydropower component is 99% complete, while progress on irrigation and flood protection component of the project stands at 47 percent.
The consultants for Kurram Tangi Dam have been appointed, who are engaged in reviewing the detailed engineering design. Following completion of the pre-qualification process of the contractors, the tender documents will soon be issued to the qualified firms, he added. Mr. Shah briefed the Governor that detailed engineering design of Munda Dam are being prepared at present.
The Chairman also apprised the Governor of the progress on other medium-sized projects in FATA. He also discussed with the Governor in details the issues relating to WAPDA projects being executed the tribal region.
The Governor appreciated the efforts made by WAPDA in executing the projects in FATA. He directed the FATA Secretariat to provide every possible support to help resolve issues pertaining to WAPDA projects.
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