Mohmand, Bhasha Dam: PM Imran shares video of construction activities

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

08th Dec, 2020. 10:26 am

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who aims to change the fate of Pakistan through its hydel power potential; has said that the country is going to have two big water dams, Mohmand and Basha; after five decades.

He shared a spectacular video of Mohmand Dam, a marvel of engineering being constructed to contribute heavily to the socio-economic uplift of the region.

Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Mohmand Dam project on May 2nd 2019, whereas he kicked off construction work at Diamer-Bhasha Dam in July this year.

Mohmand Dam

The Mohmand Dam is being constructed on the Swat River and it will be completed at a cost of Rs183 billion by 2024.

The dam has the capacity to store 1.2 million acre-feet of water. Upon completion, it will generate some 800MW of electricity.

The construction of the dam is said to be imperative to resolve the problems of water scarcity and electricity shortfall in the country.  A sum of Rs2bn has been allocated for the project in the Public Sector Development Programme 2018-19.

Once completed, the dam will generate 740 MW of hydroelectricity, irrigate 15,100 acres of land, and control floods downstream.

It is expected to provide numerous estimated annual benefits including Rs. 4.98 billion in annual water storage benefits, Rs. 19.6 billion in power generation benefits by generating 2.4 billion units of electricity annually and Rs. 79 million in annual flood mitigation benefits.

Diamer-Bhasha Dam

Diamer-Bhasha Dam is a concreted-filled gravity dam, in the preliminary stages of construction, on the River Indus between Kohistan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Diamer district in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan administered Kashmir.

The dam site is situated near a place called “Bhasha”, hence the name which is 40Km downstream of Chilas town and 315Km from Tarbela Dam. The eight million acre feet (MAF) reservoir with 272-metre height will be the tallest roller compact concrete (RCC) dam in the world.

Upon completion, Diamer-Bhasha dam would:

  • Produce 4800 megawatts of electricity through hydropower generation
  • Store an extra 10.5 cubic kilometers (8,500,000 acre-ft) of water for Pakistan that would be used for irrigation and drinking
  • Extend the life of Tarbela Dam located downstream by 35 years;
  • Control flood damage by the River Indus downstream during high floods.

It is planned to have a height of 272 meters spillway with fourteen gates each 11.5 m × 16.24 m. The gross capacity of the reservoir will be 10 cubic kilometers (8,100,000 acre-ft), with live storage of 7.9 cubic kilometers (6,400,000 acre-ft).

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