Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Lt Gen (retd) Muzammil Hussain on Monday (Feb 11) informed the senate body that proposed time for the completion of dam was 5 years and eight months which would be reduced and latest technologies will be used to compete Mohmand Dam within a period of five year.
“Unfortunately, the project has been halted for the last 50 years and 9 cases got registered against the Government of Pakistan for constructing Mohmand Dam,” he said, adding, “All of the cases have been finally decided with verdicts in favour of the government.” He also rejected the rumors that WAPDA issued tender of the project through single bidding process. WAPDA clearly went for open competitive bidding, Hussain asserted.
“This will help in capacity building of our skilled youth like fresh engineers and graduates of local universities and will also assist in fortifying indigenous technical manpower,” Hussain remarked. “The main objective of the dam is to cope with inundation occurring at the upstream areas,” the officials said.
The controversy of Mohmand dam’s construction contract erupted when the contract was assigned to the joint venture of Descon and China Gezhouba. As per details the Descon owned by Adviser to PM on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood and Chinese company, China Gezhouba, has won the bid for the construction of the Rs309 billion Mohmand Dam. President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML0N) Shehbaz Sharif on Jan 14 during his National Assembly speech has demanded re-bidding of Rs309 billion Mohmand Dam in light of its controversial allotment to the joint venture of Descon.
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18 February, 2019