LAHORE – Secretary Irrigation Punjab Irfan Elahi has said that Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an ADF Soft loan of $270 million for the construction of new Khanki Barrage project as it plays pivotal role in the agriculture of Punjab.

He further said that Irrigation Department Punjab has taken up rehabilitation and modernisation of barrages in the province in phased programmes.

On the basis of feasibility and detailed design studies, new Khanki Barrage is proposed 900 ft downstream of existing headquarters for which a project costing Rs 23442 million was prepared and got approved from ECNEC in 2009.

Irfan Elahi added that project is designed using state-of-the-art techniques and is being implemented through international contract following ADB guidelines. Civil works are scheduled to start in September 2012 and the completion period is 5 years. Implementation of the project will ensure sustainable irrigation supplies to the command area for the next 100 years and it will help in alleviating poverty and bringing prosperity to the Gujranwala, Hafizabad Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh and Jhang districts.

He told that after the completion of headwork, more than 3 million acres of fertile land would be irrigated.