PM lays foundation stone of Kurram Tangi Dam in N Waziristan

N. WAZIRISTAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif laid foundation stone of the Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan. 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 mainstream. The PM said that the change was not came all of sudden but lot sacrifices were rendered to achieve such a milestone. “The progress of Fata has always been part of our agenda and we have initiated programmes to this effect, he maintained. Nawaz expressed hope that the internally dislaced people will return to their homes by the end of this year. “The Kurram Tangi Dam project will cost Rs23 billion and will be completed in two phases. The first phase will be funded by US Aid while the expenses for the second phase will be covered by the government,” announced Nawaz. 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. 02

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