Peshawar (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan and former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar performed the groundbreaking ceremony of Mohmand Dam on Thursday, Radio Pakistan reported.
Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister Imran thanked former CJP Nisar for raising awareness about the country's water crisis and the need to build dams.
The PM said that peace has been restored in the country due to the sacrifices of the security forces and tribal people.
“Now the investors are coming to the country and their confidence in Pakistan has enhanced”, the PM said.
He said that Pakistan made unprecedented development in 1960s as several dams were constructed in that period.
PM Khan said the country will be developed on the style of China which has always made long term development planning.
He said the national resources will be spent on public welfare.
Earlier, Wapda Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Muzamil Hussain and project director of the dam briefed the prime minister about salient features of the project.
Mohmand dam is being constructed on Swat River and it will be completed at a cost of over Rs183 billion by 2024.
The dam has the capacity of storing 1.2 million acre feet water.
Mohmand dam on completion will generate 800 megawatt electricity besides bringing about seventeen thousand acres barren land under cultivation.
It will also solve the problem of water scarcity in Mohmand district besides saving Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera districts from floods.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Khyber Pakthunkhwa Governor Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Pir Noorul Haq Qadari, Senator Faisal Javed and Member National Assembly Sajid Khan, along with other PTI leaders and Wapda officials, attended the ceremony.