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Wapda says five other dams also have no money, security

The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has sought foolproof security arrangements from the federal and relevant provincial governments for carrying out work on five important dam projects.

“Effective security arrangements are required for Munda Dam, Naulong Dam, Bara Dam, Kachhi Canal and Khurran Tangi Dam,” reads an official Wapda document presented to the Centre and a parliamentary accountability panel.

These projects, the officials said, are of great significance as these are non-controversial and are useful for dual purposes – for enhancing water storage and increasing electricity generation.

Wadpa, according to available papers, has also conveyed to the federal government that it does not have funds or funding arrangements for Tank Zam Dam and Garuk Dam. “No budget allocation is made for them.”

The authority, in its documents, complained that insufficient amounts have been allocated for its three projects, the Khurram Tangi, CRBC, Hingol Dam and Pelar Dam for the financial year 2012-13,

The officials, who handed over the documents, informed this correspondent that Khurram Tangi has been allocated Rs500 million, the CRBC just Rs100 million, Hingol Rs50 million and Pelar Dam merely Rs50 million which the Wapda described as “inadequate budget allocation.”

Among the security threatened projects, Wapda said it requires state protection for performing its duties on these five projects. “The authority does not have its own security force, particularly when most of the projects are located in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas.”

Munda Dam, on which the Wapda authorities want speedy work, is proposed to be constructed on the Swat River about 5 km upstream of Munda head works in Mohmand Agency, FATA, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Its hydropower generation would be 740 MW and would be useful for flood control as well as irrigating 150,000 acres of land.

Bara Dam is proposed be located across the Bara River at the confluence of Mastura River in Khyber Agency, FATA, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The 1500-km long Kachhi Canal, a big project, covers both Punjab and Balochistan as it would cover Muzaffargarh, DG Khan and Rajanpur of Punjab and districts of Dera Bugti, Naseerabad, Bolan and Jhal Magsi in Balochistan.

The Khurram Tangi dam is also proposed to be in KPK and it would have a capacity of storing 1.2 million acre feet (maf). The sixth dam, Naulong Dam, is located in Balochistan on Mula River at Sunt, about 30 km from Gandawa City in Tehsil and District Jhal Magsi.

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