Go­mal Zam Dam near­ing com­ple­tion

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The Go­mal Zam Dam, a pro­ject co-funded by the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID), has en­tered a 90 per­cent com­ple­tion phase un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Wa­ter and Power De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (WAPDA).

The 17.4 MW Go­mal Zam Dam has the ca­pac­ity to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to around 25,000 house­holds. “This pro­ject will in­crease the sup­ply of elec­tric­ity to thou­sands of con­sumers and en­ter­prises in the coun­try,” USAID Mis­sion Di­rec­tor Andrew Sisson said on the USAID del­e­ga­tion’s visit to the site, “The dam will also help pro­tect down­stream vil­lages and towns from floods and pro­vide ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter to farm­ers.”

WAPDA has as­sured com­ple­tion of nearly half the trans­mis­sion lines of the dam. It is ex­pected that the en­tire pro­ject will be fin­ished by the win­ter of 2011. The part­ner­ship of USAID and the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan is aimed at eco­nomic growth, fu­elling job cre­ation and im­prov­ing the lives of Pak­istani cit­i­zens through the pro­ject

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