Pakistan has faced a number of floods in the last six years, devastating its infrastructure and killing thousands of people. These floods inflicted billions of USD loss to the national economy. But despite destruction on such a large scale, our policy makers have not learnt any lesson from these floods. Instead of adopting long term polices involving construction of mega storage reservoirs, our flood control strategy revolves around adoption of short term policy of wasting billions of rupees on construction of flood protection bunds and dykes. The Flood Inquiry Commission, constituted by the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan in December 2010, in its findings had pointed out the construction of Munda/Mohmand Dam Project for control of floods in Charsadda, Peshawar and Nowshera districts.

It is noteworthy that Munda/Mohmand Dam, on construction will store approx. 1.3 MAF water and generate the most economical hydropower of 800 MW, thus helping to overcome to some extent the energy crises the country is facing these days. Besides, the project will help irrigate nearly 17,000 acres of barren land thus bringing green revolution and prosperity in the area. The dam will be useful in controlling floods by averting the flood damages downstream of the dam. It will also serve as a source of direct and indirect job opportunities both during and after its construction.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) of Federal Government in its meeting held in July 2015, approved PC-II of the project for Detailed Engineering Design and Tender Documents with the financial assistance of French Government through AFD. According to a media report, approval of the project remained stuck up for two years and faced bottlenecks because of bureaucratic hurdles, thus delaying the project of utmost national importance.

In view of the above, it is need of the hour that construction of Munda/Mohmand Dam is undertaken on top most priority basis by the Federal Government. All formalities, location survey and feasibility report to construct the dam have been completed and the project needs arrangement of funds to commence work on it.

KHAN FARAZ,

Peshawar, September 26.