The Munda Dam
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.