Gomal Zam, Satpara: US pledges $66m for dam projects

US acting envoy signs agreements to provide $66m for two dams in South Waziristan and Gilgit-Baltistan.


Express January 08, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The US pledged $66 million for the completion of Gomal Zam and Satpara dam projects on Friday. The dams will generate 35 megawatts of power that will cater to the emerging energy needs of thousands of households in South Waziristan and Skardu.

Two agreements were signed by Frank Ruggiero for the completion of Gomal Zam and Satpara dam projects.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her visit to Pakistan last year announced that seven water projects for Pakistan will cost over $270 million.

However, the US on Friday committed $40 million for the completion of Gomal Zam multipurpose dam in South Waziristan that will provide 17.4 megawatts of electricity to power 25,000 households. For the Satpara multipurpose dam project, located in Skardu, the US has provided US$26 million that will provide 17.7 megawatts of power to nearly 30,000 households.

“These two multipurpose dams will control flood waters, provide electricity, and store water for irrigation and household use for downstream villages,” said Ruggiero.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2011.

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