LAHORE-Punjab Irrigation Department will launch five different projects, one each in every tehsil of D.G. Khan Division, to save the people from the hill torrents and PC-II is soon going to be presented to the authorities for formal approval. Keeping in view the importance of the project, the Punjab government has agreed to finance the project. This was stated in a high level meeting held under the joint chairmanship of Senior Minister Punjab Raja Riaz Ahmed and Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa at 90-Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, on Monday. Provincial Minister Local Bodies, Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa, Secretary Irrigation Babur Bharwana, MPAs of the area and technical experts from WAPDA and NESPAK also attended the meeting. The Chief Engineer Irrigation, D.G. Khan Zone gave a detailed briefing about the hill torrents project and informed that as many as 200 hill torrents go off from Suleman Range. Recent floods devastated 238,924 acres of land besides damaging 11316 houses and 900 miles irrigation infrastructure was also damaged. These hill torrents turn out 1.1 million acre feet water which can be used for agricultural purposes. As a result of different projects initiated by the Irrigation Department in the area, 52% increase has been recorded in the crop production while the cultivated area has also been increased from 7140 acres to 53845 acres, the meeting was told. Likewise 60% raise in literacy rate was also recorded in the families living in these areas. The meeting was told that Principal Officer of the US Consulate has also agreed to offer funding to the tune of $30 million. Secretary Irrigation, Babur Bharwana told that Irrigation Department can arrange Rs.800 million funds. According to the financial schedule, a total sum of Rs.1764 million will be spent. Rs.875 million will be spent in this year while Rs.889 million will be provided in the next fiscal year. The Irrigation Department has planned to develop new flood management structures in these areas including construction of storage dams, flood carrier channels, flood protection bund, flood dispersion structures and watershed management through forestation and gully plugging. Likewise, old flood structure will also be restrengthened and redesigned to redirect the rain water into the Sindh River.