The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has signed an agreement worth Rs 705 million for consultancy services of the Naulong Dam Project in a joint venture with two companies. Dolsar of Turkey and Mott Macdonald of Pakistan.
The consultancy contract covers the review and update of the detailed design, the preparation of the procurement documents and the update of the project assurance documents, within 28 months.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing financial assistance for the development consultancy services of the Naulong Dam project.
The contract signing ceremony was held at WAPDA House on Thursday, where General Manager (Projects) South Muhammad Masood Ahmed Soomro and International Projects Coordinator Dolsar Cem Aker, signed the agreement on behalf of WAPDA and the consortium respectively.
The ceremony was attended by Member (Water) WAPDA Javed Akhtar Latif, Chief Engineer and Project Manager Naulong Dam Project Muhammad Yousaf Magsi, WAPDA officials and representatives of the consulting firms.
The project is to be constructed on the Mula River in Balochistan, about 30 km from Gandawa and 24 km from Jal Magsi. It will have a gross water storage capacity of 242,163 acre feet to irrigate 47,000 acres of land. In addition, a small Hydel power station with an installed capacity of 4.4 MW will also be constructed as part of the project.
The dam project is playing an important role in the development of remote and backward areas of Balochistan. Its main objectives include development of irrigated agriculture, flood mitigation, provision of drinking water and low-cost Hydel electricity to local people, employment opportunities and poverty alleviation in the area.
Additionally, WAPDA Chairman Engr Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd) visited Warsak Dam, Pakistan’s first major multi-purpose project, located on the Kabul River.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd2023.
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