New dams for prov­inces

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Twelve small and medium-sized dams are to be con­structed in all the four prov­inces of Pak­istan un­der $700 mil­lion worth of fi­nanc­ing by the Exim Bank of China.

The ob­jec­tive be­hind the con­struc­tion of these dams is to ac­cel­er­ate so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of re­mote ar­eas of the coun­try. WAPDA will ex­pe­dite work on the 12 dams with a cu­mu­la­tive stor­age ca­pac­ity of 4 MAF flood wa­ter. The dams will pro­vide ir­ri­ga­tion of one mil­lion acres of crop area, gen­er­ate around 58,000 jobs and eman­ci­pate women through al­lot­ment of de­vel­oped ir­ri­gated lands around the dams.

The Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Wa­ter and Power, Syed Naveed Qa­mar has said the Min­istry is com­mit­ted to help in ar­rang­ing fi­nances for timely com­ple­tion of these dams. The pro­ject has also re­ceived as­sur­ance from the Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Ab­dul Hafeez Shaikh for al­lo­ca­tion of max­i­mum funds for the wa­ter sec­tor in the an­nual de­vel­op­ment plan 20112012.

In the first phase, dams will be con­structed at Win­der and Nau­long in Balochis­tan, Kur­ram Tangi in Khy­ber Pakhtoonkhawa, Dar­wat and Nai Gaj in Sindh and Ghabir in Pun­jab

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