Kurdish investor urges authorities to start major dams construction on Tigris River

The Kurdish investor advises "To avoid any potential earthquake risk and damages that threatening the following towns: Bismil, Hasankeyf, Silopi, as well as Zakho in Kurdistan Region, it is necessary to get the dams building started.
Kurdish investor Abdulla Arzakhchi's project of the locations where dams to be built (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Kurdish investor Abdulla Arzakhchi's project of the locations where dams to be built (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – In an interview with Kurdistan 24, the investor Abdulla Arzakhchi from the northern part of Kurdistan revealed he has a new project that includes 9 dams to be built on the Tigris river.

This plan will stop and collect the water from river’s overflowing. According to the official sources, in every second 30  water from the river get wasted. Also, to build these 9 dams, an estimated of 10 thousand people can get jobs in different areas that are related to the project.

There are several advantages in this project to Kurdistan and Kurdistan Region, it can provide electricity to Diyarbakir and Batman. This electricity supply can uninterruptedly get to Kurdistan Region too, the agriculture sector will revive in both Diyarbakir and Kurdistan Region. This project is expected to benefit the tourism sector as well.  

According to the Kurdish investor’s talk to Kurdistan 24, his plan is ready and awaiting for the implementation. He urged the authorities to get the project started, so that to avoid the potential earthquake risks that threatening the following towns: Bismil, Hasankeyf, Silopi, as well as Zakho in Kurdistan Region.

Those forementioned areas could be under the threat of drowning because of the potential earthquakes.

Abdulla explained “All the places locate alongside and nearby the river will be under that threat, the river would overflow fiercely, from the villages in Wan till it reaches Zakho, thousands of people would be victims as a result of, yet building dams will eliminate all the risks and damages”  

The Tigris river project manager Hasan Golinj in the interview stated “The Tigris project is benefiting the whole area to get progressed, flowing to Kurdistan Region and Iraq”

“After our project, Elj and Jazira dams will get built, but the most important is Diyarbakir’s. The nature of that area is dry, the project will help the agriculture sector to improve” He added.

Tigris river’s length is 2 thousand and 800 Km, it is the longest river in the middle east, originates from a mountain area called Lake Hazer and emptying with Euphrates River into an area in south of Iraq called Shatt al-Arab.