Director General: Roseiris Heightening Project Contributes to Increasing Irrigation Water
Khartoum: Dams Implementation Unit (DIU) declared continuing its plan aiming to establishing more dams to realize an economic and social shift through increasing farmed lands and generated electricity.
Mohammed Hassan Alhadari, Director General of the Dams Implementation Unit DIU, confirmed the completion of all the concrete work of the dam with a length of 25 kilometers and 10 feet height, indicating that the sand dams on both sides of dam will be concluded by the end of June.
In the radio program "Radio Conference" yesterday, Alhadari disclosed the benefits of Roseiris Heightening Project, especially in the field of electricity generation which will be raised about 1800 Mega Watts constituting a (50%) increase, indicating the increase to be due to increasing operation not adding new turbines. He also stated that this increase in electricity generation will help increase the electricity generation from Meroe Dam from 5 to 6 thousand Mega Watts. The project will add up to the water storage capacity of the dam's lake and in the Alrahad and Kenana canals. It will also help increase the electricity generation in the proposed dams by 50%.
Alhadari revealed that relocation of the citizens affected by the establishment of the dam into town 1 will begin this week and will conclude in three months, indicating that there are 4 towns now complete and ready for citizens, these four towns are complete including all basic services (water, health care, and education).
Alhadari unveiled that the number of the families affected by the Heightening Project is 22 thousand families, he said: "The relocation expenses rose from 13 Million Dollars to 400 Million Dollars, but the government has made this amount available to realize an urban shift on the lives of affected population."
Alhadari declared that storing water in the dam's lake will begin after the conclusion of all the work related to the dam, stating “water storage operation will be executed in coordination with the Ministry of Water Resources”.
Alhadari said the compensation process of affected citizens will be carried out according to the Relocation of Citizens Affected by Dams Implementation Law passed by the parliament, indicating that higher committee formed by the President of the Republic will proceed with the compensation processes according to the categories specified by the Categories Regulations Law which was also passed by the parliament, along which the President's allowance for the affected citizens was also passed, an allowance that is outside the owed compensation of the affected citizens.
Alhadari explained that the total cost of the accompanying projects reached 200 Million Pounds, those projects include water networks and electricity stations in Aldamazein, Alruseiris, Geisan, Boot, and Alkurmuk, indicating that the beneficiaries of these projects represent a sixth of the state's population. Added to which a network of roads with a length of 240 kilometers which was implemented on the Eastern and Western banks of the Blue Nile.
By Zuleikha Abdel Raziq, 02/06/2012