KP govt to con­struct Jabba dam for drink­ing wa­ter to Peshawar, Khy­ber

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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.

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