The federal government is providing funds for the construction of 60 small, medium, large and recharge dam projects in the country through Federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) aimed at providing water for irrigation and drinking purposes.
According to sources privy to the information, the accumulative live storage capacity of these dams was about 8,683,699 acre-feet whereas as many as 17 dams’ projects were likely to be completed during the current fiscal year (FY).
Some of the projects include small dams in Tehsil Dobandi, Gulistan Killa, Bhundaro storage dam, Dosi dam Pasni, Darah dam Khuzadar, Mangi dam Quetta, Mara Tangi dam Loralai, Tuk dam Tehsil Wadh, Anjeeri dam Nushko, Azdhakhoi dam, Baghi dam Naushki, delay actions dams in Siaro Hazar Ganji Nal, a small dam at Sardari Goz Darkhalo, small dam Kunji Ferzabad, and Sukleji dam etc.
Work on other projects including Mohmad, Diamer Basha, Kurram Tangi, Nai Gaj and Naulong dams was also being carried out.
Sources said it was a fact that per capita water availability in Pakistan which in 1951 was 5,260 m3 per annum, was constantly decreasing and at present had reduced to less than 1,000 m3 per annum per capita due to an ever-increasing population.
They said that WAPDA has prepared a comprehensive plan to address water scarcity issue by storing floodwater during high flow season and utilise the same during the lean season.
In last decade, WAPDA completed Mangla Dam Raising (2.88 MAF), Gomal Zam Dam (0.892 MAF), Satpara Dam (0.053 MAF) and Darawat Dam (0.089 MAF) for water storage.