PESHAWAR (APP) - The government has completed 90 per cent work on the multifaceted Gomal Zam Dam that would irrigate about 163,000 acres barren and semi-arid land of southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Waziristan Agency. An official source in Irrigation Department told this agency on Tuesday the work progress on irrigation component is only 24.5 per cent and the dam upon completion would bring 163,000 acres land of DI Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat, Bannu and South Waziristan. He said the dam would generate 17.4 mega watt that would address problems of loadshedding and low voltage. The Gomal Zam Dam will boost up hydropower generation in Fata and would protect fertile land from flood and soil erosion besides converting most of barren land into canal-irrigated area that would generate employment opportunities for youth and bolstering income of poor segment of the society. Likewise, survey of Bazai Irrigation scheme located in border area of Malakand and Mardan district has been completed that upon completion 25200-acre lands would be irrigated. The work on the projects is moving fast and 20 percent physical work on the Bazai Irrigaiton scheme has been completed. He said that last year floods had badly affected irrigation channels of KP and special focus would be given to its rehabilitation and reconstruction. In fiscal year 2011-12, the government has committed to complete work on Balambat in District Dir Lower and Kandan Jonalia Koch Chitral irrigation schemes, which would irrigate 11363 acres and 1200 acres land respectively. To ward off the effects of floods in future, the government has planned to complete work on Palai dam in district Charsadda in next fiscal year. As many as 65 per cent work on the project has been completed and would irrigate 12310 acres land. In addition to completion of two feasibility studies to protect our canals and river system from pollution for Peshawar valley and Swat River, details designs of six small dams would be completed. To complete these projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the government has allocated Rs.6473.86 million for 82 ongoing and 14 new schemes in ADP-2011-12.