EU provides grant for climate study of Munda Dam
The European Union (EU) has provided 1.2 million Euros as grant to conduct climate change impact assessment study in Swat basin for Munda Dam multipurpose project, located in Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administered Areas (FATA).
A joint venture comprising two renowned firms namely AHT of Germany and NESPAK of Pakistan has also been appointed as consultants to carry out the studies.
With a view to discuss the matters relating to Munda Dam in particular and other WAPDA projects in general, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Raghib Shah today held a meeting with the delegation comprising representatives of the EU and the consultants . The delega- tion was led by the EU Head of Operation in Islamabad Berend De Groot.
Speaking on the occasion, WPDA Chairman said that Munda Dam project is of immense importance for socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation, as it will ensure water for irrigated agriculture, control floods and generate low-cost hydel electricity. Thanking the EU for their support, he said that the grant will help implement this
vital project. The Chairman informed the delegation that at present detailed engineering design and the tender documents of Munda Dam project are being prepared, for which French development agency AFD has committed to provide 11 million Euros to WAPDA. Underlining the need of foreign assistance for completion of the projects, he expressed the hope that the EU would also provide financial support for construction phase of Munda Dam project.
It is worth mentioning that Munda Dam Project will store 1.29 million acre feet (MAF) of water for irrigation, while power generation capacity stands at 740 mega watt (MW), contributing about 2.4 billion units of electricity to the national grid every year. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs. 20.2 billion per annum.
The Chairman also briefed the delegation about other projects being executed in water and hydropower sectors.
Berend De Groot said that the EU would continue to support WAPDA in implementation of its projects. He assured WAPDA Chairman to explore the ways and means to further enhance mutual cooperation for future projects.