Gomal Zam Dam inaugurated in SWA
13 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and US Ambassador Richard Olson on Thursday inaugurated the 17.4MW capacity Gomal Zam Dam project in South Waziristan Agency (SWA).
Khawaja Asif, Richard Olson and Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Shah appreciated the completion of the Gomal Zam Dam project. The dam will boost the region's electricity supply, irrigate farmlands and protect South Waziristan from seasonal flooding.
"Completion of the dam and installation of a new transmission line are significant achievements," said Ambassador Olson."In partnership with Pakistan, we are working to boost power generation capacity and to ensure long-term self-sufficiency of the power sector," he said.
The US government contributed a total of $97 million via the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) to complete the multipurpose project.Located in Fata, the dam would supply electricity to more than 270,000 people, prevent life-threatening flash floods and create water storage for households and farmers in the area.
Gomal Zam now stores over 140,000 hectare-meters of water, which will help prevent seasonal flooding in DI Khan and Tank. The dam will also supply irrigation water for around 77,000 hectares of farmland, which will create job opportunities and increase the incomes of an estimated 30,000 farming families in the region.
On the occasion, Khawaja Asif said, "We value the support of the US government and the American people. We look forward to continued cooperation in the future." Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stayed away from the ceremony to celebrate the completion of Gomal Zam Dam in South Waziristan.