Mega project to store over 8m acre feet water to meet power needs

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Islamabad—Diamir-Bhasha Dam project, a life-line for the national economy, would help meet country future agricultural and power requirements. Talking to media an official of Water and Power Ministry said that the dam would generate 19 billion units of electricity annually. He said the mega project would store over 8 Million Acre Feet of water to meet country’s growing power and irrigation needs.He said the Dam would enhance life of Tarbela Dam by over 35 years.

To a question he said, Diamir-Bhasha dam is the first major hydel power project after Mangla Dam built in 1967 and Tarbela Dam built in 1974. To another question, he said Diamer Bhasha dam with a height of 272 meters, is being built on Indus river, about 300 kilometers upstream of Tarbela Dam, he added. He said the Dam will be completed in seven to eight years. Meanwhile,

It is reported that Indus River System Authority (IRSA) Saturday said that the countrywide irrigation water shortfall has narrowed down to 32 percent from 45 and in the next few days it would further reduce to 20 percent. Talking to a private news channel, IRSA spokesman Khalid Rana said that water supply to Sindh has been raised to 50 thousand cusecs from 38 thousand, while that of Punjab to 77 thousand cusecs from 67 thousand, Balochistan’s to 6 thousand cusecs from 5 thousand, while Khayber Pakhtunkhaw being supplied 3 thousand cusecs of irrigation water.

The spokesman further said that water-levels in rivers have improved and the water shortfall in the next few days would be reduced to 20 percent only. It was reported earlier that water inflow in all majors has significantly improved due to shooting up mercury level in the country and it was recorded as 154,305 cusecs against the outflow of 155,066 cusecs. According to the data released by Indus River System Authority (IRSA), water inflow in Indus at Tarbela was recorded as 48,700 cusecs against the out flow of 48,000 cusecs.

Similarly, water inflow in Jhelum at Mangla was recorded as 42,383 cusecs against outflow of 43,844 cusecs. The maximum water level in River Indus at Tarbela was its dead level of 1378 feet while in River Jhelum at Mangla it was 1091.75 feet which was 51.00 feet higher than its dead level of 1040 feet. The release of water at Kalabagh, Taunsa and Sukkur was recorded as 75,628, 50,529 and 43,235 cusecs respectively. Similarly, from River Kabul a total of 36,500 cusecs of water was released at Nowshera.

 

Courtesy: Pakistan Observer


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