Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of the Kurram Tangi Dam in North Waziristan on 3 Mar 2017.
While addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone, the prime minister termed the dam as beginning of a new era in North Waziristan saying it symbolises the end of an era of fear. The Prime Minister said that the Kurram Tangi Dam project will cost Rs. 23 billion and will be completed in two phases. The first phase will be funded by USAID while the expenses for the second phase will be covered by the government. The dam, which will produce 83.4 megawatts of electricity. The first phase is expected to be completed in two years. Kurram Tangi Dam is a low-cost project with the capacity to store an ample amount of water and will help in reducing flooding in the surrounding areas. It will also help overcome floods in the area besides bringing socio-economic improvement in the area. The project will also irrigate vast areas in North Waziristan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.