Lahore, July 11, 2012 (PPI-OT): In addition to constructing a number of mega projects in water and hydropower sectors, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is also building small and medium-sized dams for optimum utilization of water and land resources available in the country.
These small and medium-sized dams are being constructed on the directions of the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the four provinces and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for socio-economic uplift of the people residing in the far flung areas.
This was stated by WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani during his visit to Darawat Dam Project being constructed across Nai Baran in Thatta and Jamshoro districts some 70 kilometres west of Hyderabad in Sindh province. WAPDA General Manager (Projects) South, Project Director, Director Small and Medium Dams, and representatives of the consultants and contractors were also present during the visit.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that the small and medium-sized dams were vital for prosperity of the remote areas, which were solely dependent on the local water resources and could not be irrigated through Indus Basin Irrigation System. He expressed the hope that Darawat Dam Project would usher in a new era of development by providing water for irrigated agriculture, mitigating floods, providing job opportunities and reducing poverty in the area.
Earlier, the Chairman visited various components of the project to observe construction work going on there. Expressing satisfaction over the pace of work, he directed the officers concerned to complete the project according to the schedule.
During the visit, the Chairman was briefed that Darawat Dam Project was being completed with a total cost of about Rs.9.4 billion. It was further told that main dam of the project is likely to be completed by December this year, while completion of the irrigation system was scheduled in June 2013. The concrete-faced rock-filled dam is 820 feet long and 141 feet height, which would store about 1,20,000 acres feet of water to help irrigate 25,000 acres of land.
The project will create 4500 employment opportunities during the construction, operation and its maintenance. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated more than Rs. one billion. Life of the project’s water reservoir will be more than 100 years, it was further told. It is pertinent to mention that the Federal Government has also announced to provide upto 25 acres of land per person to the poor women belonging to the project area.
It is also pertinent to mention that WAPDA has also undertaken Naulong and Nai Gaj dam projects under the small, medium dams’ scheme.
For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +9242 9920 2633 and +9242 9920 2211 -2033 -2029
Cell: +92333 445 8293