ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar Friday said the government would make huge investment in the water sector with Rs 31 billion allocation for different schemes.
The minister, in his budget speech, said the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam was top property of the government as it was important for the country’s future. The dam would have water storage capacity of 4.7 million acre feet which would help generate 4500 Mega Watt electricity, he said.
The minister said Rs 15 billion was allocated for acquiring land and Rs 6 billion for the construction of one part of the dam.
He said the second priority of the government was to start work on Delay Action Dams, Flood Dispersal Structures, canals and small dams for the storage of water in Balochistan this year. Similary construction of the Basool Dam in Gawader would also be initiated, he added.
Likewise, he said, work for the extension of Reni Canal and RBOD from Sehvan Shareef to the sea and Darwat Dam in Sindh was also in progress.
In Punjab, the minister said, the construction of Nala Dhek and Ghabir Dam would also start during this financial year, whereas the Federal Government would provide financial resources for the Khayal Khawar project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Work on Kuram Tangi Dam in Federal Administerd Tribal Areas and Ghomal Zim Dam in North-Wazirastan would continue, he added.
For protection from flood and to stop wastage of water, work on solid watercourses would continue throughout the country, he said.