LAHORE – After approval of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, funds of Rs500 million have been released for the construction of three new dams in the area of Pothohar under Annual Development Programme.

This was informed by provincial Minister for Irrigation and Agriculture Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh while presiding over a meeting held to review the pace of progress on ongoing projects of Irrigation Department under ADP at committee room of Irrigation Department on Saturday. Secretary Irrigation Khalid Mehmood, Additional Secretary Operation Khalid Qureshi, Additional Secretary Operation Malik Muhammad Saleem, Chief Engineer Lahore Ch. Muhammad Saeed, Chief Engineer Development Jamil Bhatti and Deputy Secretary PIDA Najam-ul-Saqib Rehmani were also present on the occasion.

Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh told that under the Annual Development Programme, new dams were being constructed in three districts of Punjab at a cost of Rs 2.1 billion.

He said that Chohan Dam would be constructed in District Rawalpindi costing Rs.800 million. Similarly the estimate cost of Sora dam in Attock is Rs 600 million and that of Arar Mughlan in Chakwal Rs 700 million for which funds of Rs 500 million have been released and work would be started next month.