Historical background to the document "From the speech of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev at the conference devoted to the construction of the Vaykhir Water Dam during his visit to Nakhcivan Autonomous Republic (August 13, 2002)"

The draft of the decision on the constitution of the Vaykhir dam was adopted on the initiative of Heydar Aliyev in 1975. The draft of water dam was developed in 1981, its construction began in 1982-1983. Nevertheless, the construction stopped for a long time.

During his visit to Nakhchivan in August 2002, Heydar Aliyev got acquianted with the Vaykhir dam and decided to accelerate the construction works. The construction was completed in 2005.

Its total water capacity is 100 million cubic meters, the length of dam is 550 m, height - 70.5 m. The dam provides irrigation of 6,900 hectares of land in the districts of Babak, Shahbuz and Julfa of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and improves the water supply of the existing irrigated lands in 9,900 hectares.

“90 Instants of the Great leader”, Heydar Aliyev Heritage research center, “Sharq-Qarb”, Baku-2013, p.218