LAHORE - In addition to its ongoing schemes, WAPDA has also initiated a number of projects including Kurram Tangi Dam, Munda Dam, Chashma Right Bank (lift-cum-gravity) Canal (CRBC) and other medium irrigation dams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Construction of these mega projects on priority basis will ensure availability of irrigation water, generate low-cost hydel electricity and mitigate floods. This was stated by WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani in his meetings with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and the Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti in Peshawar on Wednesday. A team of WAPDA experts in water and hydropower sectors also accompanied the Chairman during the meetings. The issues pertaining to the ongoing as well as the upcoming WAPDA projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the security of the consultants, the contactors and WAPDA officials in the project areas, were also discussed during the meetings. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor and the Chief Minister assured WAPDA of their support and cooperation in execution of these projects. During the meeting, KP Chief Minister said that the existing Chashma Right Bank Canal was very vital for agriculture in the province but had been badly damaged during the flood last month. He asked WAPDA to repair the canal as soon as possible. The Chief Minister was briefed that the repair work of the canal had already been taken up on priority and the breaches in the embankments of the canal would be filled in the shortest possible time. It was told in the meetings that both Munda and Kurram Tangi dams, to be constructed in Mohmand and North Waziristan agencies respectively, would irrigate about 100,000 acres of new land besides supplementing the existing irrigation systems in the two agencies. The projects on their completion will also contribute more than 2.75b units of low-cost hydel electricity annually to the National Grid. It is pertinent to mention that the Kurram Tangi Dam Project is ready for construction, while expression of interest (EOI) has been called by WAPDA for consultancy services for detailed engineering design and preparation of tender documents of Munda Dam Project. The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has cleared CRBC for the approval of Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). Similarly, WAPDA is also conducting studies for detailed engineering design of the three medium irrigation dams namely Bara Dam, Daraban Zam Dam and Tank Zam Dam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.