Wapda expedites construction work on 12 small, medium dams
ISLAMABAD – Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has expedited construction work on 12 small and medium dams aimed at enhancing, clean energy generation, water availability and climate resilience across the country.
As per detail given by the official sources, the dams were dual purpose projects as these were designed to store rain and floodwater along with hydropower generation in all the federating units of the country.
He added that the small and medium dam projects initiated in Balochistan included Winder Dam project that would produce 0.3 megawatts (MW) energy and water storage capacity of 0.036 million acre-foot (MAF), Naulong Dam to produce 4.4MW power and store 0.20MAF water, Hingol Dam to generate 1MW electricity and 1.41MAF water storage, Garuk Dam to have 0.3MW power production capacity and 0.05MAF water storage and Pelar Dam to produce 0.3MW energy and would conserve 0.099MAF water. In Sindh, the Nai Gaj Dam would produce 4.2MW electricity and store 0.30MAF water, whereas the Darawat Dam was expected to produce 0.45MW energy and store 0.12MAF water after completion.
| Dams will help address water and energy issues, generate
jobs for local communities, start tourism, business opportunities
The WAPDA has also started work on different small and medium dams in Khyber PukhtonKhawa including the Kurram Tangi Dam of 83.4MW hydropower potential and 1.2MAF water storage capacity, Tank Zam Dam having 25.5MW power generation and 0.345MAF water storage capacity and Daraban Zam Dam would produce 0.75MW energy and 0.069MAF water storage capacity.
The WAPDA official further said the authority had started construction work on different small dams in Punjab including Ghabir Dam having 0.15MW power production capacity and 0.066MAF water storage, and Papin Dam of 0.3MW power and 0.089MAF water storage capacity hydropower projects that were at various stages of development. He informed that keeping in view the energy demands, project completion pace and availability of funds the authority has decided to ensure swift culmination of construction and development work on the projects as it would not only help address water and energy issues rather would generate jobs for the local communities and start tourism and business opportunities.
Chiniot Dam to
generate 80MW cheap, eco-friendly electricity
The Chiniot Dam located on Chenab River at a distance of 5 kilometer from the Chiniot city would be completed by December 2022 that would generate 80 megawatt cheap and environment friendly electricity.
According to details, the gross storage of Chiniot Dam was 0.90 million acre feet (MAF) and had the power generation capacity of 80 megawatt (274 GWh). The project construction was near completion as the implementation agency Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) had expedited development work on its various small and medium dams. The government would provide Rs50 million under public sector development programme (PSDP) releases, whereas Rs 96.33 million would be funded by WAPDA from its own resources. The feasibility study of Chiniot Dam Project was carried out by WAPDA which was completed in 2019. The PC-II Proforma for Detailed Engineering Design was submitted to Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) for consideration in forthcoming Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP) meeting. The DDWP has approved the PC-II Proforma subject to certain conditions, it added. A WAPDA official told media that the project was of great significance as it would help generate daily water supply for Chiniot city and help establish business opportunities for locals to start fisheries project and a tourism spot for recreation of the local masses. The small and medium dams are necessary for the country to avoid the risk of massive flooding in areas lying near rivers and torrential terrain. The small dams would help conserve rainwater and flood water that would be utilised for domestic and irrigation purposes.