PM wants to see Neckartal Dam work

Martin Endjala

The Prime Minister said the Neckartal Dam must start operating so that the government can recover the costs that were injected into the construction of the mega water storage facility.

She called on local community members, traditional leaders and all stakeholders to ensure that the dam starts operating to realise its intended purpose of development.

Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila urged farmers to prepare their land and make use of the irrigation schemes once the dam comes on stream.

The PM reacting to concerns that the government has abundant the project, she stated that she will ensure that the dam serves the purpose it was created and uplift the livelihoods of the people around the dam.

The construction of the dam started in 2013 and was initially expected to be completed in 2017, but was finished a year later in 2018. It is the largest dam in Namibia – three times the capacity of the Hardap Dam.

The purpose of the dam is to support a 5,000 hectares irrigation scheme nearby.

However, for an irrigation scheme of 5,000 hectares, as envisaged for the Neckartal Dam, the Naute Dam just outside Keetmanshoop was deemed too small.

Italian company by the name Salini Impregilo was awarded the N$2.8 billion tender to build the dam in March 2012.

The construction started in 2013.

By Observer