TANK  - The Spokesman of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), Col Atif has expressed optimism that work on multi dimensional Gomal Zam Dam (GZD) will complete by the end of next year as 97 percent work on it has been completed.

Talking to local journalists at the site of the dam in South Waziristan

Agency, Col Atif, spokesman of FWO said 97 percent work of the dam and its powerhouse has been completed and hoped to complete the remaining work by the end of 2013.

Also, he said construction work of its irrigation system and other co-related projects was in progress and would be completed soon. He said all the work had successfully been carried out since the contract was re-awarded to FWO and the dam’s switch yard, which was completely destroyed by the 2010 devastative flood, was got completed last year due to untiring and determined efforts by the staff.

The FWO Spokesman while elaborating on the main features of the dam said it has 436 feet high and 492 feet long having 1.14 MAF gross water storage and 0.892 MAF live storage besides installed capacity of 17.4 megawatt. The laying of 132 KV Transmission Line from Gomal Zam dam would help enable the up gradation of Wana Grid Station from 66 KV to 132 KV.

The 63 kilometer long concrete-lined canal with an average discharge capacity of 848 Cusecs and 18 distributes having 204KM length were being completed in the irrigation system for water distribution, adding tracks are being constructed to facilitate locals.

The traditional irrigation system is also kept in view during the construction. A barrage at Cot Murtaza would be a part of the project with a length of 460 feet. He said that it was a multipurpose scheme with no adverse impacts besides having the major benefit of controlling floods in future. He expressed satisfaction over the pace of work as well as the safety measures at the dam site. The media persons were given detail briefing about different features of the project with the help of slides and maps.

Gomal Zam Dam is being constructed at Khajori Kach in South Waziristan about 75 from Dera Ismail Khan to turn 1,63000 acres barren lands into canal irrigated.