27 new dams completed in Balochistan

As part of the government’s programme to increase irrigation in Balochistan province and to improve the water storage capacity, 100 dams have been planned which will be built in the province of Balochistan.

As part of the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), 27 dams have already been completed which has substantially increased the storage capacity of the province to 68,939 acre feet. There are also ongoing small, medium, large and delayed action dams at various stages of implementation that will further add another 9.016 million acre feet (MAF) to the existing storage capacity.

These projects aimed at providing water for irrigation, agriculture, and drinking purposes which were being implemented by WAPDA and Irrigation Departments of four provinces besides the Public Health Engineering Department, Balochistan. In Pakistan the combined storage capacity of water currently stands at 14.349 MAF with Mangla, Tarbela, and Chashma reservoirs. But after the completion of ongoing projects i.e. Mohmand, Diamer Basha, and Nai Gaj Dams, the gross storage capacity will be increased to 23.988 MAF