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Darawat Dam to Be Completed In December this Year

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Lahore, June 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): The under-construction Darawat Dam located in Thatta and Jamshoro districts of Sindh province will be completed by December this year, while irrigation system of the project is scheduled to be completed in June 2013.

Darawat Dam, being constructed across Nai Baran River some 70 kilometers west of Hyderabad, is a component of WAPDA’s plan to construct small and medium-sized dams in addition to its mega projects in water and hydropower sectors.

The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan had directed WAPDA to construct a number of small and medium-sized dams in the four provinces and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for socio-economic development of the people residing in remote areas. These projects are being taken up in the areas, which cannot be irrigated through Indus Basin Irrigation System with a view to optimal utilisation of water and land resources available in the country.

Darawat Dam Project is being completed with a total cost of about Rs.9.4 billion. The project will help store water for irrigated agriculture, mitigate floods, provide employment opportunities and emancipation of women.

The concrete-faced rock-filled dam is 820 feet long and 141 feet high, which will store about 120,000 acre feet of water to help irrigate 25,000 acres of land, besides creating 4,500 employment opportunities during the construction, operation and its maintenance. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated more than Rs. one billion. Life of the project’s water reservoir will be more than 100 years.

It is pertinent to mention that the Federal Government has announced to provide upto 25 acres of land to the poor women belonging to the project area.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +9242 9920 2633 and +9242 9920 2211 -2033 -2029
Cell: +92333 445 8293
Email: mabidrana@gmail.com

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