Islamabad: Pakistani company Descon and Chinese company China Gezhouba have been awarded the bid for constructing Mohmand Dam, a news source reported. The construction of the dam will formally start soon, but the official announcement is yet to be made.
Mohmand Dam is estimated to cost PKR 309 billion. Following construction, it will be able store 300,000 cusecs of water and help resolve the water-related issues in Peshawar, Nowshera, and Charsadda.
Wapda Chairman General (Rt.) Mozammil Hussain has assured that the new contractor will mobilise the project site within ten weeks. He added that Wapda will also build the Kuafer Dam, which will reduce the project’s cost. Earlier, all such works were managed by the finalised bidder.
Wapda is planning to complete Mohmand Dam’s construction in May 2023, which is expected to be six months earlier than the stipulated time. The groundbreaking ceremony for the project had been scheduled for January 2, but has now been postponed until further directions by PM Secretariat.
Meanwhile, the contract for the dam’s land acquisition has been finalised. Wapda has paid PKR 684 million to the departments concerned. The contract was finalised with the mutual agreement of local representatives, members of assembly, and provincial government.