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Citizens raise RO120,000 to make their own dam

6 Jun 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

In a move to increase green coverage, provide irrigation to farms and support farmers, a group of citizens in Dahirah governorate have banded together to construct a dam in the wilayat of Yanqul.

Built at a cost RO120,000, the Wadi al Arshi underground recharge dam is located in the village of Al Waqba. Besides raising funds, residents collect stones needed in the construction work using their own equipment every Friday.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Ali Khamis al Alawi, one of the supervisors involved in building the dam, said, “The residents of Yanqul came together as a family to build the Wadi al Arshi dam. We started work in February this year. Excavations were carried out earlier in preparation of construction work of the dam measuring 13m in height and 45m in length.”

Residents formed a committee and a technical team to plan, raise funds and coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources. A contractor was hired at a later stage to construct the dam under the supervision and follow-up of the people of the wilayat.

“We have also laid an access road to reach the dam site in order to transport construction material,” Alawi said, adding that after this stage of work was over, cement mix was used to build two layers of the dam.

“We thank every individual and company that donated and we will continue to collect donations to complete the dam soon,” Alawi said.

The dam is being built according to technical and engineering specifications of the Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources.

 

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