LAHORE (APP) - WAPDA is making all-out efforts for optimal utilization of water and hydropower resources besides executing mega projects in view of rapid increase in water and power requirements in the country. A number of small and medium-sized projects are being initiated for the purpose, said WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani during his visit to Kachhi Canal, Naulong and Sukleji Dam projects and Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD)-III. He was accompanied by a WAPDAs technical team including Member (Water) Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, as well as Balochistan Chief Secretary and provincial Irrigation Chief Engineer. The Chairman said that Kachhi Canal project was of immense importance for Balochistan, as it would enable the province to draw its share of water from the Indus Irrigation System. He added that the project would irrigate more than 700,000 acres of land in a phased programme in Balochistan. He expressed the hope that with release of the required funds by the government, first phase of Kachhi Canal project would be completed by the end of this year. About 100,000 acres of land will be irrigated on completion of the first phase. While visiting the sites of Naulong and Sukleji Dam projects, the Chairman said that the two projects will contribute towards socio-economic development in the far-flung district of Jhal Magsi, as these projects will irrigate 94,000 and 24,000 acres of land respectively thorough high efficiency irrigation systems. It is pertinent to mention that Naulong and Sukleji Dam projects are two of the 32 small and medium-sized dams, which WAPDA has been tasked by the President of Pakistan to construct in all the four provinces and Federally administrated Tribal Areas(FATA). The Chairman, witnessing the construction work on RBOD-III, said that in addition to tackling the twin menace of water-logging and salinity, WAPDA is also conducting a study to treat the saline water for making it suitable for agriculture. Briefings were also made by the respective project authorities during the Chairmans visit to the projects. Cultural Festival 'Cultural Festival & Lahore Assembly will be held at Alhamra Cultural Complex Qaddafi Stadium here on Monday (March 22). South Asia Partnership (SAP) Pakistan is organizing the event as part of Pakistan Day celebrations in which a large number of people including labourers, peasants, tenants and others will participate. The event is being organized to highlight the objects of Pakistan and its resolution passed on March 23, 1940 and also to apprise the young generation about the mission behind creation of a separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia. Number of cultural events are also part of the programme.