New dams for provinces
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