WATER RESOURCES PLANNING PLANNING ORGANIZATION (WRPO) R&D, WAPDA.
1.1 Master Planning & Review Division (M&RD) was created in
WAPDA in 1976 to provide a sound basis for long term planning
and implementation of Government investment programme in the
fields of irrigation & drainage, saline soil reclamation and
flood protection. The study undertaken by MP&RD resulted in
preparation of Revised Action programme (RAP) for
irrigated agriculted (1979) interalia creation of a multi
disciplinary organization for independent cotinuation of master
planning activities. The organization would continuously adjust
and review the Revised Action Programme which will also provide
information for annual and mid-term plans. The Perspective
Planning Organization now called Water Resources Planning
Organizations (WRPO) already established was allowed to continue
working even after completion of MP&RD assignment under MP&RD
Keeping in view the organization's need for continuous planning, it was brought
on Revenue budget since 01.07.1985 by MOWP previously being funded through
approved PC-II. Recognizing the planning achievements of the organization, World
Bank regarded it as an able unit and competent organization for planning of
water resources and irrigated agriculture development. The organization is
continuously performing its role under P&D Division since then and being
financed through revenue budget. The on and off shortfalls in budget were met by
WAPDA through its own resources and/or through deposit works.
Organization Setup and functions
Water Resources Planning Organization (WRPO) is responsible for
preparing, reviewing and updating Water Sector Development Plan, carrying out
social and environmental studies, economic analysis of various irrigation and
drainage projects, undertaking perspective water resources planning and policy
studies, furnishing briefs, comments and technical notes for WAPDA and Federal
Ministry of Water and Power. WRPO is also member of Scrutinizing Committee of
Federal Flood Commission and reviews Flood Schemes submitted by provinces. The
following directorates of WRPO accomplish the planning assignments.
2.1 Irrigation and Drainage Directorate (I&D)
The primary functions of this
directorate are planning and review of Water Resources, Flood Protection and
Management, Hydropower Planning and Irrigation and Drainage Schemes to be
launched with in the country. In addition, proposals, plans and concept papers
regarding water sector developments floated by various national and
international agencies are reviewed.
2.2 Computer Application Directorate (CAD)
Computer Application Directorate
(CAD) manages application of Computer Packages, programs and models to plan,
design, analyze and interpret various data, solve intricate
statistical/mathematical problems and evaluate water resources planning and
development projects using IBMR.
2.3 Agriculture Directorate
important functions of this Directorate are to prepare Nation-wide water sector
development plans and review policies and programmes laid down for agricultural
development. It also provides papers, briefgs, technical papers on water related
projects and offer comments on agriculture related aspects of various projects
The Economics Directorate has an important role in WRPO. This section deals
mainly with economic aspects pertaining to development of water sector
programmes/ projects. It is responsible for carrying out project economic
analysis i.e. B.C. Ratio, NPV and EIRR besides unit costs in addition to
addition to working out possible project benefits.
3. Major achievements
Achievements of the Perspective Planning
Organization renamed as Water Resources Planning Organization
are briefly given as below:-
3.1 Prepared more than 3 dozen reports including
Feasibility, Planning and Technical Reports, PC-I, Country
Papers and Five Year Plans. Some of these include:-
1. Revised Action Programme for irrigated agriculture (1979),
three volumes & 20 supporting
2. Northern Areas Regional Development Plan, Gilgit District
1988 (2 volumes)
3. Water Sector Investment Planning Study (1990).
4. Planning Report - Pakistan Drainage Sector Environmental
Assessment, National Drainage
Programme 1993, (4 Volumes).
5. Irrigation Facilities for Riverain Areas in Sindh Province -
July 1993. Summary and Main
Report - Supporting Volumes (6).
6. Third SCARP Transition Project, Feasibility Reports and PC-I.
7. Feasibility study for National Drainage Programme (NDP)
8. Brochures and booklets under National Water Resource
Development Programme (NWRDP)
3.2 Draft Report of
Water Resources for 7th, 8th & 9th Five Year Plans including
Perspective Plan 2010, Medium Term development Framework 2005-10
Five Years Development Plan 2010-15.
3.3 Drainage Master Plan of Pakistan Vol. Ito IV (2005).
3.4 Reviewed for comments - during 2009-10, more than 100
Number of documents
including Feasibility Reports, PC-I Proforma,
Flood Protection Schemes, Technical papers
put forth by various
National and International Agencies.
3.5 Organized one international workshop(IDW-5) in 1992 at
Lahore and two National
Seminars on Behalf of Ministry of Water
and power and World Bank in 1994 and 1995 at
Islamabad and Bhurban respectively. These Seminars gave new directions for the
management of irrigation systerm of Pakistan.
3.6 One day National Seminar on Water costing was
organized at Lahore during 2009. The
seminar deliberations were
compiled in the form of proceedings.
3.7 Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring of about
1 dozen Water
Resources Development Proejcts were undertaken
such as GBHP, Hingol Dam and
Sabakzai, Skardu Dam Naulong, Mangi,
3.8 Council of Common Interest decided (1998) that WAPDA
should carry out udating of
technical studies related to the
projects under National Water Resources Development
and prepare a booklet on the environmental and resettlement
arising from the constructgion of the Kalabagh Dam. As a
follow up this organization
undertook the udation of NWRDP
studies which ultimately were recognized and approved
for implemetation as "Vision 2025" programme.
3.9 Upgrading of Tools, Water Resources Database,
Management Systems and Models under
Sub Component 'B1' of WCAP
This study has been taken up in January 2009 for a period of 3
years under Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services
Project (WCAP) of World Bank. This study will be Completed in
three years. The sub component 'B1' of WCAP
includes the upgrading of existing tools, database, models and
management systems, seasonal, monthly and 10-daily planning and
operational models and IBMR: development of additional
systems-client interfaces, operationalization of these tools for
water/power planning and operation and their linkage or transfer
to IRSA and to the provincial institutions, According to the
requirement of component B1, the study will cover the following
- Establishment of comuter infra-structure.
Farm Survey of indus Basin.
of Water Resources Database.
and modemiztion of IBMR, development of linkage with water resources
planning, operation of the indus System, design and analysis to
water development in the Basin.
of a System-Client Interface for information sharing among stakeholders.
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Flow Forecasting System
relating to Strengthening Flow Forecasting System will be conducted by Hydrology
and Water Management Organization (H&WM) of P&D Division in two years.