Gomal Zam Dam and Mirani Dam would be
completed in four years time
July 08 - 14, 2002
Fourteen new water reservoirs projects are planned
to be launched during the current financial year at a total cost of
over Rs.19 billion and to be completed in 2/3 years. An allocation of
Rs. 6 billion has been made in the current year (2002-2003) budget.
These projects on completion will help in overcoming the shortage of
irrigation water in the country and resolve the water dispute amongst
These projects, which have been jointly worked out
by the Planning and Development Division, Ministries of Water and
Power and Food & Agriculture are in addition to 4 mega water
projects announced by the president last year to be completed in next
4 to 7 years. These are Gomal Zam Dam, Mirani Dam, Sindh Rainy Flow
Water Canal and Kacchi canal. These projects will be completed at a
cost of Rs. 36 billion approximately.
Gomal Zam Dam and Mirani Dam would be completed in
four years time as tenders for the construction of these dams had
already been awarded.
Chinese Company will construct Gomal Zam Dam, which
have made innovative changes in the designs of this dam, bringing the
cost of the project down to Rs. 4.3 billion that was initially
estimated at Rs. 12.8 billion. The qualified consultants approved the
changes in the design of Gomal Zam Dam. The capacity of the dam is 1.4
million acre feet and this dam would irrigate an area of 1,63,000
Mirani Dam will be constructed by Descon Pakistan
at the cost of Rs. 4.25 billion. The estimated cost of the project was
Rs. 5.86 billion but in an open tender Descon won the bid being the
lowest one. Descon will be first national company, which would
construct dam in the history of the country. Earlier, no national
company had constructed dam in Pakistan.
The groundbreaking ceremony of 178 kilometres long
Sindh Rainy Flood Water Canal would be held in August this year and
this project would be completed in five to six years at an estimated
cost of Rs. 10 billion. This canal will irrigate 412000 acre of land
in Sindh province. The raising of Mangla Dam height by 40 feet is
another mega project which has been undertaken to increase the water
storage capacity of the Dam by 3.1 million acres feet besides
generation of additional 180 MW electricity
According to an official document the new projects
include Kacchi Canal Project in Balochistan. The estimated cost of the
project is Rs. 4.2 billion. The planning division (PD) is, however,
seeking Rs. 400 million for this project in the next PSDP. The project
will provide irrigation facilities for 513,000 acres of land. During
2002-2003 cost of land for canal length of 60 miles and 400 feet wide
strip would be made.
The second project Sabakazai Dam Project will be
built in Zhob, Balochistan. The total estimated cost of the project
has not yet been worked out. There is demand of Rs. 150 million for
this project during this year; however, the PD has not yet recommended
any allocation in the PSDP 2002-2003.
Rainy Canal Project, Sindh will be launched with an
estimated total cost of Rs 2 billion. The PD recommends an allocation
of Rs. 300 million for this project during next financial year. Rainy
Canal will irrigate almost 260,000 acres of land.
Another project Installation of Telemetric System
for Indus Basin Irrigation System will cost a total Rs. 450 million
and the PD wants the government to allow the full amount for this
project during the current financial year. This project would lead to
the installation of electric devices at barrages and canal head works
(100 per cent) for measuring gates position and water levels. It would
also facilitate the installation of data communication system for
online monitoring besides the installation of computers for analysis
of data for presentation to concerned authorities.
Chasma Right Bank Canal project is being launched
with an estimated cost of Rs. 9.2 billion. The PD has recommended Rs.
135 million in the next PSDP for this project. Kurram Tangi Dam Canal,
whose estimated total cost stands at Rs. 2.8 billion, is recommended
to get Rs. 150 million next year.
Irrigation System Rehabilitation project is being
launched in Sindh requiring a total of Rs. 10 billion. The PD seeks Rs.
2 billion for this project in the financial year under the PSDP.
Lining of Channels in Punjab is the project requiring an estimated
cost of Rs. 21 billion out of which it is recommended to get Rs. one
billion in the PSDP 2002-2003. This project will do the lining of 7308
kms canal with 1200 cusecs capacity in saline zone to save 0.886 MAF
Punjab Barrages Modernisation project worth
estimated Rs 5 billion has been recommended to get only Rs. one
billion in the current year. This project would modernise six barrages
in phase-I and seven barrages in phase-II.
Sadpara Multipurpose Project is being launched in
Skardu, Northern Areas, with an estimated cost of Rs. 2 billion, Rs.
248 million have been proposed for this project this year. Another
project-Drought Management Plan is being launched with a total
estimated cost of Rs. 40 million; however, it is recommended Rs 24
million in the next PSDP.