The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has asked the concerned authorities for preparation of plans of dams to be used for irrigation and power generation purposes simultaneously to include it in the next ADP to attract foreign investors adding that future of the province depends on such projects which will bring progress and prosperity in the area and change destiny of the entire region.
This he said while presiding over a high level meeting at CM House Peshawar. Senior Minister for irrigation Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao, Advisor to CM Mian Khalqeeur Rehman and high ranking officers attended the meeting.
The meeting was briefed about land status of the province, history and structure of small dams organization, performance of the body, progress on various plans and future proposals in detailed.
The meeting was informed that out of 6.53 million acres area 0.0774 million acres was irrigated through small dams in the province while irrigation of 0.804 million acres had been fixed as target to be irrigated through small dams.
The meeting was briefed that construction of 16 dams had been completed in the province which had the capacity to store 71012 maf water and would irrigate on area of 37862 acres of land.
Similarly the meeting was informed that work on the construction of 15 dams was in progress, feasibility and design of 32 dams had been completed while further 50 sites had also identified. The Chief Minister said that dams were very important for the future of the province to bring million acres of barren lands under cultivation by providing irrigation facilities to it.
He said that dams could play important role in storing excessive water, provision of clean drinking water, minimizing threats of floods and power generation as well. The Chief Minister asked for finalizing the plans of such dams which could be used for power generation.
He said that such projects could help in getting self sufficiency in the agriculture and overcoming energy shortage in the province. He announced that power generated through small dams would be provided at reasonable rates to the local people which would help in flourishing local economy.