KP govt to construct Jabba dam for drinking water to Peshawar, Khyber
PESHAWAR—The construction of Jabba dam has been planned by the provincial government for provision of clean drinking water facility to residents of Peshawar and Khyber Agency besides eradicating fatal waterborne diseases and controlling of flood water during monsoon season.
The government has announced construction of Jabba dam by including it in the Annual Development Program 2016-17 under its Peshawar Greater Water Supply Scheme (PGWS) with an objective to provide clean drinking water facilities to people Peshawar, Hayatabad and Khyber Agency, official’s sources in Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department told APP on Wednesday.
The feasibility study of Jabba dam has been already completed and is found feasible in engineering point of view, the official said, adding this dam will serve as a principal source of water supply to Khyber Agency and Peshawar. If funds were available on regular basis, Jabba dam located in Jam-rud thesil of Khyber Agency, is expected to be completed by end of 2017.
Upon completion, this dam will cultivate an estimated 20,000 acres of land besides protecting Peshawar and Khyber Agency from floods water during monsoon as rainy water from Khyber Agency’s streams would be stored in this water reservoir.
The dam is projected to provide about one mil-lion people with clean drinking water facility and store up to 38,000 gallons of water by providing enormous agri-culture benefits to local populations.
In addition to Jabba dam, the feasibility study of Bara dam has been also prepared with an estimated capacity of irrigating 50,000 acres area in Khyber Agency’s tehsil Bara and settled areas of Peshawar.
The Bara dam will also serve as a source of drinking water for nearby areas and about two million cusecs potable water can be provided to the Bara Bazaar and about eight million cusecs to Hayatabad in Peshawar.
“Bara dam is very important for Peshawar as its life span is estimated between 80 and 100 years besides its storage capacity of about 88,000 acres feet water,” the official said, adding this dam has the potential to produce several megawatts electricity for domestic and agriculture consumption.
Asked about the long awaited Warsak dam water project, the official said, it was a mega project under which water would be brought to Peshawar from Warsak dam and was deemed as main source of water for Peshawarities.” This dam is supposed as first option for executing this project when its idea was introduced few years ago,” the official said.
“Warsak dam is the most viable option from engineering point of view as it was closely located with Peshawar and less financial cost than other projects, the official said. Warsak Dam is located some 20 kilometer North of Peshawar on River Kabul while Munda dam was built on upstream of Munda Headworks on River Swat some 37 kilometer from Peshawar in Mohmand Agency.
Speaking about environment, he said that the provincial government has initiated billion tree tsu-nami campaign to stop further deforestation besides protecting the environment. Referring to Bank of Khyber scam, he observed there was no corruption into it.