Despite production delays caused by the Indo-Pakistan war, work on the Tarbela Dam project is progressing on schedule towards the 1976 target completion date.
Despite production delays caused by the Indo-Pakistan war, work on the Tarbela Dam project is progressing on schedule towards the 1976 target completion date. The unloading, by a giant dumper machine, of the one-hundred millionth cubic yard of fill material in the main embankment dam last week marked the completion of three-fourths of the world's biggest dam project.
The Tarbela Project will be the final element of the Indus River Basin Scheme, envisioned in the Indus Water Treaty of 1960 between India and Pakistan. The Tarbela, located in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, will form a lake fifty miles long. A system of transfer canals will divert the regulated river flows to millions of acres of irrigated land during the major part of the year that has inadequate rainfall. In addition, the project's ultimate hydroelectric generating capacity will be 2,100,000 kilowatts.
Begun in 1968, the project now includes construction contractors from Italy, France, West Germany and Switzerland. The 623,000,000 dollars cost is being financed from grant and loan funds made variously by Australia, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Pakistan, Great Britain, the United States, West Germany and the World Bank.