PUNJAB IRRIGATION DEPARTMENT PROGRESS & PLAN

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Progress

Punjab Irrigation Department has made progress in the following key areas:-

 

Rehabilitation & Up-gradation of Barrages

  • Trimmu Barrage & Panjnad Barrage are being improved and upgraded at cost of
    Rs.16,800 million with the financial assistance of ADB. Rehabilitating both barrages will ensure their safety and reliability for another 100 years ensuring sustainable irrigation supplies.  
  • The discharge capacity of Trimmu Barrage will be increased from 645,000 cusecs to 875,000 cusecs ensuring equitable water supplies to 1.36 million acres. The cost of project is Rs. 9,360 million. The current progress of the project is 90%.  The project is expected to be completed in FY 2019-20.
  • The discharge capacity of Panjnad Barrage will be increased from 700,000 cusecs to 870,000 cusecs resulting in ensuring irrigation supplies to 1.54 million acres. The cost of project is 5,454 million. The current progress of the project is 51%. The project is expected to be completed in FY 2020-21.

 

Jalalpur Canal Project

  • Jalalpur Canal Project has been launched at a cost of Rs. 32,721 million. The canal having length with 110 miles off-takes from right bank of River Jhelum with the discharge of 1350 cusecs. The canal will bring 160,000 acres of arable land under irrigation and help improve agricultural production. 225,000 people living in 80 villages in District Jhelum and Khushab will benefit from this canal.  
  • The civil works of the project will start in December 2019 and will be completed in five years time.

 

Greater Thal Canal (Choubara Branch)

  • Greater Thal Canal Phase-II (Choubara Branch) Project has been launched to bring new lands under irrigation in Thal desert. Under this project Choubara Branch and its
    sub-system will be constructed over a length of 278 miles. The project will bring 294,110 acres of land under irrigation. The draft of project revised PC-I has been prepared for a cost
    of Rs. 30,815 million. This includes a command area development component of Rs. 16,718 million and an Irrigation component of Rs. 14,097 million. The project will be completed in five years.

 

Campaign against Water Theft

This Kharif, Punjab Irrigation Department launched an extensive campaign to combat water pilferage in the distribution system.  From May 1 to September January 13, 2020:

  • 21433 water theft cases were reported to the police
  • 9858 tampered outlets were repaired
  • 6634 FIRS were registered against the water pilferers
  • 2964 culprits were arrested

These are unprecedented number considering that these many arrests and FIRs were not registered in the last ten years and we have made this progress in 6 months.During this campaign hundreds of unauthorized pipes were removed and illegal cuts at our canals were plugged. This campaign has proved instrumental in ensuring irrigation supplies to the tail-end reaches of the canal system. A large number of canals at the tails of the system in Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, DG Khan, Rajanpur districts have started receiving irrigation supplies for the first time in the last 10 years.

Rehabilitation & Up-gradation of Canals

  • Rehabilitation of Trimmu Sidhnai Link Canal at a cost of Rs. 2,445 million is underway. The progress of work is 80% and the expected completion is FY 2021-22.
  • Rehabilitation of SMB Link & enhancing capacity Mailsi Syphon at a cost
    of Rs. 4,034 million is underway. The progress of work is 75% and the expected completion is FY 2021-22.
  • Rehabilitation of Ahmadpur Branch at a cost of Rs.1,762 million is underway. The progress of work is 43% and the expected completion is FY 2021-22.
  • Rehabilitation of Eastern Sadiqia Canal at a cost of Rs.958 million is underway. The progress of work is 35% and the expected completion is FY 2021-22.

 

Lining of Channels

  • Selective Lining of Irrigation Channels Phase-III at a cost of Rs. 3,500 million and a target lining length of 450 miles is underway. The progress of the project is 70%. The project will be completed in FY 2020-21.
  • Improvement of Irrigation water supply at tail reaches of Irrigation channels and minors in selected area of Punjab project is underway at a cost of Rs. 6,000 million with a target lining length of 680 miles. The progress of project is 4%. The project will be completed
    in FY 2022-23.

 

Flood Planning & Management

  • Flood Emergency Reconstruction and Resilience Project has been completed with a cost of Rs. 6,662 million. About 100 miles embankments have been strengthened under this project.
  • Disaster and Climate Resilience Improvement Project (DCRIP) costing
    Rs. 10.789 million with the assistance of World Bank for effective flood management is underway.  The progress of project is 63%. The project will be completed in FY 2020-21.

Small Dams

  • Ghabir dam project has been launched costing Rs. 5,655 million for tapping water in barani areas for irrigation of 15,000 acres of fertile land and drinking water in District Chakwal. The current progress is 23% and the expected completion is FY 2020-21.
  • Dadocha Dam project has been launched costing Rs. 6,027 million to supply 35 MGD drinking water to residents of Rawalpindi. The land acquisition component of Dadocha Dam amounting to Rs. 2,850 million has been taken up. The project is expected to be completed in three years.

Institutional & Policy Reforms

  • Punjab Water Policy has been approved by the Provincial Cabinet in 2018 with an objective for improving water governance and sustainable management of surface and ground water use in the province.
  • A comprehensive Water Act for management of water resources in Punjab has also been approved by the Provincial Assembly and notified in December 2019.
  • Punjab Khal Panchayat Authority (PKPA) has been established to bring farmers’ participation for improving warabandi system and dispute resolution among farmers at water course level.

 

Plan FY 2019-20

  • Completion of Trimmu and substantial completion of Panjnad Barrage ensuring sustainable irrigation supplies to 2.90 million acres of fertile agricultural land.
  • Rehabilitation and Modernization of Islam Barrage will be taken up at a cost of
    Rs. 2,993 million with the financial assistance of Asian Development Bank. The capacity of Islam Barrage will be increased from 300,000 cusecs to 332,000 cusecs ensuring irrigation supplies to 1.0 million acres.
  • Award of Civil Works of Jalalpur Canal and implementation of project.
  • Award of Civil Works of Greater Thal Canal – Chaubara Branch and start implementation of the project.
  • Completion of 19 No. ongoing Canal projects resulting in rehabilitation of 765 miles of canals
  • Launching of Selective Lining of Irrigation Channels Phase-IV at a cost of Rs. 6,000 million with a target lining length of 600 miles.
  • Start of Civil Works for Dadhocha Dam Project to supply 35 MGD drinking water supplies to residents of Rawalpindi.
  • Completion of 34 No. flood and drainage projects resulting in rehabilitation of 40 miles embankments and 80 miles drains.
  • Launching of 16 No. sub-projects under National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to improve resilience to extreme flood events.