Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Irrigation Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao on Monday directed the concerned authorities to expedite the pace of work on the construction of small dams in the province so that they were completed within the stipulated period for uplifting the socio-economic conditions of the people as well as making the province self-sufficient in food grains, vegetables and fruits.
Talking during a briefing given to him on the progress of work on the small dams in the province here, the Senior Minister said that public money was being spent on the construction of small dams; therefore, no delay in their timely completion or operationalization would be tolerated.
The briefing amongst others was also attended by the Director General Small Dams Mujahid Saeed, Chief Engineer Irrigation North Riaz Khan and Superintendent Engineer Peshawar Irrigation Circle Sahibzada Shabeer.
Sikandar Sherpao said that all the issues and problems hindering the timely completion of the small dams should be taken up with the quarters concerned for redressal at the earliest so that the schemes were materialized without any delay and their benefits could reach the masses.
The Senior Minister was informed on this occasion that the Directorate General of Small Dams since its inception in 2003 had constructed as many as 13 dams up to 2014 in the province, which have the storage capacity of 55889 acres feet while their canal command area is 13362 acres.
Similarly, before the establishment of small dams’ construction unit, as many as seven dams at a cost of Rs. 3123.482 million were completed in the province up to 2002 having the storage capacity of 211920 acres feet with canal command area of 207900 acres.
He was further informed that the new concept of constructing underground water reservoirs was also being introduced in the province, which will be the first of its nature in the whole of Pakistan. Such schemes could be completed with a very low cost and would cater to the water needs for drinking and irrigational purposes.
He was further informed that under the ADP 2015-16 as many as 12 ongoing and 3 new schemes would be completed in the province.