Bekabad (Uzbek: Bekobod / Бекобод; Russian: Бекабад) is a city in Toshkent Province, Eastern Uzbekistan. The city was founded in 1945 as Begovat and was renamed Bekabad in 1964. Population: 82,082 (1989 Census). Bekabad lies along both banks of the Syr Darya River at the extreme southern tip of the region. It is an important industrial center, with a large steel mill and cement factory. In summer there are strong winds. The Farkhad dam (architect Karakis J.Y.) and hydroelectric plant, just upstream from Bekabad, is a major source of electricity and irrigation water for Uzbekistan.