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WAPDA to build 100-MW Rohtas Dam and hydroelectric project in Jhelum, Pakistan

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has decided to implement the 100-MW Rohtas Dam Project for effective mitigation of floods, to store flood water to be used for agriculture and to generate low-cost hydroelectric power.

WAPDA has been evaluating the possibility to construct this project more vigorously, according to a press release.

WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) said during a recent meeting that Rohtas Dam, like other water reservoirs, will play a pivotal role in saving the country from devastating floods and conserving flood water to bring additional land under plough. He directed the snior officers concerned to take up the project on priority and accomplish the studies and other allied tasks in the shortest possible time.

The Rohtas Dam site is identified across the River Kahan, a tributary of the River Jhelum, in a gorge near Rohtas Fort about 7.5 km south of Dina Town in the Jhelum District. Main objectives of the project include mitigating floods, storing surplus flows from the Mangla Reservoir during flooding and low-cost hydroelectric power generation.

The project will include a link channel taking off water from Mangla Reservoir and ending at Rohtas Dam to divert surplus flows. Initial studies suggest that Rohtas Dam will have a water storage capacity of 2 million to 3 million acre-feet and the capacity to generate 100 MW of electricity.

The Chairman also mentioned the multi-pronged strategy of WAPDA to harness water resources in the country under which a number of construction projects are progressing well, including including Mohmand Dam, Diamer Basha Dam, Kurram Tangi Dam (Stage-I) and Dasu Hydropower Project (Stage-I).