The Munda Dam

Enterprise - - Letters -

Over the last six years, a num­ber of floods have caused vast de­struc­tion in the coun­try. The catas­tro­phe hasn’t only claimed thou­sands of lives it has also hit the econ­omy hard. De­spite los­ing bil­lions of dol­lars, the coun­try’s pol­i­cy­mak­ers haven’t come up with a sound strat­egy to ad­dress the is­sue. In­stead of coin­ing short-term poli­cies, we need a long-term so­lu­tion which may in­clude con­struc­tion of mega stor­age reser­voirs. In its find­ing, the Flood In­quiry Com­mis­sion had pointed out the con­struc­tion of the Munda/Mohmand Dam Project for the con­trol of floods in the Charsadda, Pe­shawar and Now­shera dis­tricts. Once con­structed, the dam will store ap­prox. 1.3 MAF of wa­ter and gen­er­ate the most eco­nom­i­cal hy­dropower of 800MW, thus help­ing to over­come the en­ergy crises to some ex­tent. Be­sides, the project will help ir­ri­gate nearly 17,000 acres of bar­ren land thus bring­ing pros­per­ity in the area. It will also serve as a source of di­rect and in­di­rect job op­por­tu­ni­ties both dur­ing and af­ter its con­struc­tion.

The Cen­tral De­vel­op­ment Work­ing Party (CDWP) of the fed­eral govern­ment had in July 2015 ap­proved PC-II of the project with the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of the French govern­ment through the AFD. Ac­cord­ing to a me­dia report, ap­proval of the project re­mained stuck for two years and faced bot­tle­necks be­cause of bu­reau­cratic hur­dles, thus de­lay­ing the project of ut­most na­tional im­por­tance. In view of the above, con­struc­tion of Munda/ Mohmand Dam should be un­der­taken on a pri­or­ity ba­sis by the fed­eral govern­ment. All for­mal­i­ties, lo­ca­tion sur­vey and fea­si­bil­ity report to con­struct the dam have been com­pleted and the project needs ar­range­ment of funds to com­mence work on it.

Khan Fayyaz,

Hay­atabad, Pe­shawar.

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