LAHORE - Water and Power Development Authority (WA-PDA) has made a proposal to the federal government for setting up a federal commission for monitoring and safety of the dams, barrages and allied structures. According to a statement issued here on Sunday, Chairman WAPDA Shakil Durrani expressed these views during his visit to Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project (GBHP), Tarbela Dam and Allai and Khan Khwar hydropower projects. He visited these projects as a part of his continuing exercise to personally monitor and assess the flood situation on ground. Speaking on the occasion, the chairman said that the proposed commission, comprising water-sector experts of international repute, may prove beneficial in devising an integrated strategy for safety of the entire irrigation system during the floods. The commission may also be of great assistance to the federal as well as provincial governments in avoiding the havoc of floods in future, he added. The chairman said that the structures of WAPDA projects remained safe during the recent floods, however, the floods eroded some of the safety embankments of the under construction projects. The loss has been estimated at Rs 3 billion approximately and will be borne by the insurance companies, as these works are insured, he further said. In the first phase of his visit, the chairman inspected power channel of Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project, Tarbela Dam and its lake. While in the second phase, he visited the power house and switchyard of Allai Khwar Hydropower Project. The chairman also visited WAPDA flood relief desks set-up at Allai and Besham. He distributed tents, blankets, utensils and food items amongst the flood affectees of Jambera, Allai and Ranial. It may be mentioned that in addition to setting-up relief & medical camps in the areas adjacent to its projects, WAPDA had also donated a sum of Rs 50 million for flood victims.