US to provide $66 mn for Pakistan dam projects

The dams will provide over 35 MW of power to nearly 55,000 households.

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2011, 10:25 AM IST

Islamabad: The US on Thursday announced it would provide USD 66 million to Pakistan to complete two dam projects as part of its commitment to help meet the country`s energy needs.

Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Frank Ruggiero signed two agreements with Pakistani officials to provide the funding for the Gomal Zam dam in South Waziristan tribal region and Satpara dam at Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The dams will provide over 35 MW of power to nearly 55,000 households.

"Last year`s devastating floods demonstrated the need for flood control infrastructure. These two multipurpose dams will control flood waters, provide electricity and store water for irrigation and household use for downstream villages," Ruggiero said.

The US government said it is committed to a long-term partnership with Pakistan and will continue to support projects that benefit the people and bring economic development to "critical areas of the country".

PTI