MIRPUR (AJK) - In addition to developing water storage capacity in Pakistan, WAPDA is also working for rehabilitation of the existing irrigation network by launching a project for lining three main canals including Rohri, Dadu and Rice canals in Sindh. This was disclosed by WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani while presiding over a briefing wherein a German firm Messers Huesker made a presentation on canal lining to the Authority here at WAPDA House Wednesday. Member (Water) Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, WAPDA Secretary Imtiaz Tajwar and officers concerned were also present. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that a contract worth Rs. 59.28 million was awarded for preparation of feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs for rehabilitation of the three canals, which is nearing completion. He said that before undertaking the construction work, technical report will be evaluated. Afterwards, financial report will also be analysed to determine the cost effect. WAPDA is keen to use latest techniques of canal lining for completion of this vital task in the shortest possible time without compromising quality of work, he added. The Chairman said that lining of Rohri, Dadu and Rice canals will help conserve approximately 2,800 cusecs of water to irrigate 492,000 acres of additional land. Benefits from water saving have been estimated at around Rs. 11 billion annually, he added. Later, presentation on latest techniques of canal lining, being employed in the developed countries, was made to the WAPDA Authority.