Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday laid foundation stone of the Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan, Radio Pakistan reported.
While addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone of the dam, Nawaz termed it the beginning of a new era in North Waziristan saying “it symbolises the end of an era of fear”.
This development comes exactly a day after the federal cabinet approved the recommendations put forth by a reforms committee to bring the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in the mainstream.
“You are aware that this change has not come all of a sudden, but a lot of sacrifices were rendered to achieve this,” the premier said.
The dam, which will produce 83.4 megawatts of electricity, will be completed in two phases. The first phase is expected to be completed in two years time.
Kurram Tangi Dam is a low-cost project with the capacity to store an ample amount of water which help reduce flooding in the surrounding areas.
“It will also help overcome floods in the area besides bringing socio economic improvement in the area,” read the statement issued by the state-broadcaster.
The project will also irrigate vast areas in North Waziristan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.