The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has invited expression of interest (EoI) for consultancy services for detailed engineering design and preparation of tender documents for the Munda dam project.
The WAPDA sought EoI on the project consultancy services in the pursuance of the government’s resolve to provide low cost hydel electricity, ensure availability of irrigation water and control floods and after the approval of PC-II of the project amounting to Rs.652 million by Central Development Working Party (CDWP).
Detail engineering design and preparation of Tender documents of the projects are to be undertaken through engineering consulting forms or joint venture of local and foreign consultants registered with Pakistan Engineering Council.
The dam having 2500 feet length and 700 feet height will be built on River Swat on a priority basis in the wake of recent floods which have wreaked havoc in the country, especially in Nowshera and Charsadda districts.
To be built about 5km upstream Munda headworks in Mohmand Agency (FATA), the dam will help prevent flood, ensure availability of irrigation water and provide low-cost electricity.
The feasibility study was conducted about 10 years ago and donor agencies and financial institutions are ready to finance the project.
The dam will store 1.29 million acre feet of water to irrigate more than 15,000 acres and generate 740MW, contributing 2,407 million units of cheap electricity to the national grid.
It will play a vital role in protecting Nowshera and Charsadda by storing the water of River Swat during peak floods.
The Swat and Kabul rivers have been the biggest threat to Nowshera and Charsadda with maximum flows of nearly 400,000 cusecs during the recent floods. The project will help avoid simultaneous flooding in both rivers.
It will be the biggest multi-purpose hydropower plan after the 969MW Neelum-Jhelum project and the 4,500MW Diamer-Bhasha dam.