Government of Pakistan, in support of four Provincial Governments, FATA,
Northern Areas and Azad Jamu Kashmir (AJK) has placed the highest
priority to the development of water resources and generation of Hydel
Power. Apart from initiating construction of Neelum Jehlum Hydel Power
Project (969 MW) and under taking the 4,500 MW Diamer Basha Dam with a
live storage of 6.1 MAF water, the Government plans the construction of
32 Small/Medium water reservoir dams in the four provinces and FATA.
the financial year 2009-2010 construction would start on 12 Small/Medium
Dams in the four provinces. These include Hingol, Winder, Naulong, Pelar
and Garuk in Balochistan; Gabir and Papin in Punjab; Nai Gaj, Darawat (Nal
Baran) and Sita in Sindh and Daraban Zam and Bara Dams in NWFP / FATA.
accomplish the task of construction Small / Medium Dams, expeditiously
WAPDA has created a Small / Medium Dams Directorate, which will provide
technical, contractual and coordination support to all projects.
combine storage of these reservoirs totals 2.15 MAF, which would
irrigate 353,000 acres of land under conventional flood irrigation
means, while the area under irrigation would rise to approximately
636,000 acres once micro irrigation methods of sprinkler and drip are
introduced and these projects will also generate about 21 MW of
Furthermore, the Government envisages utilizing this Project for
emancipation of women and poor community of the area by providing (a)
ownership rights of land to one local landless and deserving woman per
family and the poor, (b) capacity building in agriculture processing,
(c) assured employment, and (d) micro-financing facilities. The state
land in the command area would be made available for this purpose.
construction of 32 dams, the Government of Pakistan through Economic
Affairs Division has signed an agreement with China Exim Bank to provide
financing of US$ 700 million as Buyer’s Credit. Buyers credit
application has already been submitted to China Exim Bank.
addition Government of Pakistan has also earmarked Rs.2.5 Billion in the
current financial year (2009-10) PSDP for construction of 12 Small /
Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of Phase-II Projects prepared
and submitted to Provincial Environmental Protection Agencies for
Tenders on ICB (Measurement Basis) have been invited for Nai Gaj in
Dec.2009 Naulong and Hingol Dam Projects in January 2010.
Tenders on EPC basis for Winder and Darawat Dam Projects have been
received on September 28, 2009 and November 16, 2009 respectively. Bids
are in process of evaluation and award.
Tenders on EPC basis for Garuk and Pelar in Balochistan invited in March
2010, Bara and Daraban Zam in March, 2009 in NWFP and Ghabir and Papin
in Punjab in January, 2010 are also invited.
up gradation of engineering studies of the Phase-I Projects are in
progress with the help of consultants.
engineering studies of Phase-II Projects are being initiated.