Warsak Project

A commemorative postage stamp on the Warsak Dam Hydropower Project, a mass concrete gravity dam in the Kabul River in the Valley of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa :

Kabul River : Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)Issued by Pakistan

Issued on Jul 1, 1961

Issued for : The Post and Telegraphs Department is issuing a 40-Paisa Postage Stamp to commemorate the completion of Warsak project – so far country’s biggest multi-purpose undertaking. The Postage Stamp in question will be released for sale on and from the 1st June, 1961. Some of the salient features of this Commemorative Postage Stamp are given below :

Design : A panoramic view of the project, showing the power-house, the dam and the lake. The word “PAKISTAN” in Urdu, English and Bengali, appears at the top; the postage, the words ‘WARSAK PROJECT’ and the figures 1956-1960, appear at the bottom left-hand corner, centre and right-hand corner respectively.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 40 Paisa

Colour : Black and Cobalt Blue

Size of the Stamp : 26 mm x 41 mm

Size of Print : 23 mm x 38 mm

Perforation Gauge : 12½ x 14 C

Quantities Printed : 10,00,000

No. of Stamps in each sheet : Eighty (80)

Process : Recess

Printers : Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi

About : 

  • Both the canals will irrigate about 1,10,000 acres of good fertile area. On the left bank also, a 5-feet diameter tunnel of 45 cusecs capacity will irrigate about 12,000 acres of land. These lands will produce sugarcane, wheat, maize and fruit orchards making the area self-sufficient in food production.
  • The benefits of the Warsak project are numerous. Apart from cheap hydro-electric power to help develop essential industries and domestic uses and the production of foodgrains and fruit, the other advantages are cheap transport by way of navigation in the Warsak lake, extensive fish-culture, development of tourist industry due to the scenic beauty of the area and forest growth on the black and barren hill sides which may even improve the climatic conditions.

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