Peshawar: Lt General (retd) Muzammil Hussain, Chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), said on Wednesday (December 8) that work on the 800 Megawatt (MW) Mohmand Dam project is going swiftly, according to news media. He stated that the first 200MW unit will be operational by December 2025.
He noted during his meeting with a group of MPs that the project is on track, with final construction expected to be completed by 2026. According to him, the completion of the project will save PKR 1.467 billion in flood mitigation expenditures while also providing one billion units of clean and affordable power at a cost of PKR 16 per unit and generating PKR 2.86 billion in annual revenue.
In addition to the 160,000 acres presently watered, he added that the project will irrigate 16,700 acres of agricultural land. A connected irrigation system will also be implemented, which will save PKR 2.23 billion.
He went on to claim that the initiative will assist kickstart infrastructure initiatives in the surrounding areas, such as safe drinking water, healthcare, and education for locals.
Similarly, the chairman added that WAPDA would submit a revised PC-1 for the project that would reflect recent changes in the dollar rate hike, since the project cost has increased due to the shift in the exchange rate.