Lahore, April 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is committed to complete the under-construction Phase-I of Kachhi Canal Project at the earliest despite financial constraints and difficult law and order situation in the project area.
This was stated by WAPDA Chairman during his visit to the project. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Kachhi Canal is a mega water-sector project, which is of immense importance for development of irrigated agriculture in the country, particularly in Balochistan.
WAPDA is making all out efforts to provide water to Dera Bugti district of Balochistan province through Kachhi Canal during this year to initially irrigate about 55,000 acres of barren land in the area. This will help alleviate poverty by boosting agriculture produce in the province, he said.
WAPDA Chairman said that the projects, like Kachhi Canal, are vital for socio-economic uplift in the backward and far-flung areas, thus require commitment and hard work. He expressed the hope that all officials, who are associated with Kachhi Canal Project in one way or the other, will put in their extraordinary efforts coupled with national zeal to help complete the project.
Expressing satisfaction over the pace of work on the project, the Chairman directed the project authorities to maintain close yet effective coordination with all stakeholders of the project including the contractors and local administrations. This will help expedite work to achieve the targets according to the schedule, he added.
Earlier, the Chairman, during his two-day visit to the project, inspected various sites, stretched over hundreds of kilometers in Balochistan and Punjab provinces, and witnessed the on-going construction activities.
WAPDA Member (Water), General Manager (Central) Water, Project Director, representatives of the contractors and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion. It was briefed that the construction work with an accelerated pace is continuing on all sites of the project. The volume of construction activities can be gauged from the fact that more than one thousand heavy construction machines are simultaneously working on various sites.
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