Prime Minister Imran Khan and former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar will perform groundbreaking of Mohmand Dam on Thursday (today).

Mohmand dam is being constructed on Swat River and it will be completed at a cost of over Rs183 bn by 2024. The dam has the capacity of storing 1.2 million acre feet water.

Mohmand dam on completion will generate 800 megawatt electricity besides bringing about 17,000 acres barren land under cultivation.

It will also solve the problem of water scarcity in Mohmand besides saving Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera districts from floods.

The Prime Minister will also visit Tirah Valley in Khyber District.

Earlier, the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) on March26 had awarded long delayed contract for civil and electro-mechanical works of Mohmand Dam Project to a joint venture comprising the China Gezhouba Group of Companies (CGGC) of China as the lead firm and Descon engineering company of Pakistan as its partner.

Mohmand Dam hydropower project would beconstructed on River Swat in tribal district Mohmand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project was scheduled to be completed in five years and eight months.