Govt working on construction of new dams to meet water shortage


Islamabad—The government is working on a plan to construct new dams in the country to enhance water storage capacity besides power generation.
The Ministry of Water and Power has taken this decision in context of acute water shortage in the country which is going to get worse with every passing year.
The sources in the ministry said that there is need to construct additional water reservoirs for ensuring the sustainability of existing irrigation supplies bringing more lands under cultivation and to increase per capita water availability.
Under the plan, five dam are under implementation having total water storage capacity of 7.747 million acre feet. These projects include Diamer Bhasha, Naulong, Kurram Tangi, Nai Gaj, and Darawat dams.
Four dams including Garuk, Winder, Papin and Pelar are ready for implementation which will add 0.142 million acres feet water storage capacity.
Seven more dams are under planning of the govt having 13.948 million acres feet water storage capacity which include projects such as Hingol, Akhori, Shyok, Munda, Tank Zam, Bara and Chiniot dams. On completion, these dam projects will add water storage capacity of 21.837 million acre feet.—APP