The Tendaho irrigation dam, which was delayed by 8 years beyond its scheduled, has been completed, said the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity.
With a plan to finalize it in three years time, the construction of the dam was launched in 2005 with 870 million birr budget.
But it took additional 8 years and the construction cost also increased by fivefold (5.6 billion birr) from the initial financial plan.
According to Kebede Gerba, State Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, lack of experience and capacity of contractors as well as absence of sufficient studies and financial problems were some of the problems for the delay.
Located in Afar Regional State, Tendaho irrigation dam has the capacity to hold 1.8 billion cubic meters of water and irrigate 60,000 hectares of land.
Currently, the irrigation dam is used to cultivate sugar cane on 25,000 hectares of land and irrigate 6,000 households’ farm land.
Source : FBC