Islamabad: According to various sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan paid a visit to the Mohmand Dam construction site on Wednesday to inspect the progress.

Lt Gen (retd) Muzammil Hussain, Chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), briefed Prime Minister on the project’s progress.

The Mohmand Dam hydropower project is Pakistan’s first mega-dam in five decades, with Prime Minister Imran Khan laying the foundation stone on May 2, 2019.

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Flood management, agriculture and crop needs, water conservation, and environmentally sustainable electricity supply would all benefit from the Mohmand Dam, which is being built on the Swat River.

The dam, which will cost Rs 309.6 billion to construct, will be 218 meters high and have a storage capacity of 1.293 million acre-feet of water, generating 800-megawatts of electricity.

Mohmand Dam will save Rs 51 billion per year in electricity, irrigation, and flood control. It will generate Rs 45.76 billion in annual sales and over 6,100 job opportunities.

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The project is in full swing, thanks to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directives, and it was not even halted during the pandemic.

Work is underway at nine different locations, with the WAPDA aiming to complete the project by 2025.

Punjab is building two canals that, once completed, would significantly boost the availability of cheap electricity and water for agricultural purposes. It will generate 2.86 billion units of electricity per year.

The Mohmand Dam would prevent floods in Peshawar, Nowshera, and Charsadda, as well as to irrigate 180,000 acres of land.

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