28 Sep 2018 10:30am
NECKARTAL DAM, 28 SEP (NAMPA) Construction of the Neckartal Dam in the //Kharas Region is now 95 per cent complete, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb has said.
This was the ministers feedback in an interview with Nampa at the dam on Thursday after he was briefed by the management of Salini Impregilo, the Italian company building the dam.
I am told that the dam is 95 per cent ready and will be handed over to Government soon and also that the dam has the capacity to hold water when rain starts, he said.
The minister explained that he was carrying out familiarisation visits to all regions to acquaint himself with projects put in place under his ministry. This follows his appointment as agriculture minister in February.
Neckartal Dam is located in the Berseba Constituency and its construction started in 2013. This year in January, Salini management said the dam is expected to be completed by October this year.
Approached for comment, Salinis Goido Scolti could not give a specific date for the dam handover.
The wall of the dam is completed and only minor jobs remain as well as the rehabilitation of the environment around the dam before handing it over to the government very soon, he said.
Scolti also said that the dam already has the capacity to hold water.
The dam will cost the Namibian Government over N.dollars 5.7 billion once completed and will supply water to a 5 000 hectare irrigation scheme.
The irrigation scheme project is expected to employ around 800 employees and over 1 000 during harvest time, according to the ministry.
Also speaking to this news agency at the dam, Agricultural Business Development managing director, Petrus Uugwanga said the preparation of tendering documents is underway and will be out in four months time for the construction of the irrigation scheme.
We are putting it into the private sector to develop the land, he said.