Hill-torrent dams to be constructed in Koh-e-Suleman Range

November 13, 2019

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting at his office about the construction of small dams. The meeting reviewed the proposal of constructing 13 dams in the areas of DG Khan and Rajanpur being affected by hill-torrents in phases. In the first phase, the proposal of constructing seven small dams in DG Khan was reviewed. The chief minister said that hill-torrent dams will be constructed in Koh-e-Suleman Range for flood management adding that more than 200 hill-torrents are causing flood-related damages in DG Khan. He said that suitable areas are available for constructing such dams and added that Chashma Right Bank Canal, DG Khan Canal and Kachi Canal will also be protected due to hill-torrents and availability of water will also be ensured in Koh-e-Suleman. The chief minister directed the irrigation department to early complete feasibility study and a steering committee was also constituted with the chief minister as its head. The heads of concerned departments will be included in this committee. He said that small dams are helpful in the development and their construction will augur well for the people of the area. Secretary irrigation briefed that an average of 4 to 15 billion rupees will be spent on every small dam meant for storing the water of hill-torrents. Irrigation minister Muhammad Mohsin Leghari, administrative secretaries, NESPAK experts and others attended the meeting.