A brief reconnaissance was carried out in 1906 when the Karnafuli Hydropower Station was first contemplated. A second study was carried out in 1923. In 1946, E. A. Moore recommended the proposed project at Barkal about 65 kilometers upstream of present dam site at Kaptai. In 1950, Marz Rendal Vatten Consulting Engineers proposed a site at Chilardak, about 45 kilometers upstream of Kaptai. In 1951, the government engineers proposed a site at Chitmoram which is 11 kilometers downstream of the present site. Under the guidance of then Chief Engineer (Irrigation) Khwaja Azimuddin, the construction site was chosen at present location of the dam in 1951. The International Engineering Co. Inc. (IECO) was engaged for a study on the project. Utah International Inc. was selected as construction contractor. The construction of the dam started in 1957.
Starting in 1957, the initial phase of the construction was completed in 1962. By this time the dam, spillway, penstock and two units of powerhouses were built. Each of the... Read More