Asian Development Bank approves $270 million for Khanki Barrage project, Secretary Irrigation Punjab

LAHORE: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an Annual Development Fund (Very Soft) loan of US$ 270 million for constructing new Khanki Barrage Project as replacement of 120 years old Khanki Headquarters. The civil works are scheduled to be started in September 2012 and the completion period is 5 years, Secretary Irrigation Punjab Irfan Elahi said on Thursday. He said it plays a pivotal role in the irrigated agriculture of Punjab Province which is the backbone of national economy.

The secretary further said that irrigation department being custodian of the major hydraulic structures had taken up rehabilitation and modernization of barrages located in the province in phased programmes. On the basis of feasibility and detailed design studies, New Khanki barrage is proposed 900ft downstream of existing headquarters for which a project costing Rs.23,442 million was prepared and got approved from ECNEC in 2009, he added. Irfan Elahi informed that the state-of-the-art techniques were used in designing of the project being implemented through international contract following ADB guidelines.

He said the implementation of the project would ensure sustainable irrigation supplies to the command area for the next 100 years and it will help in alleviating poverty and brining prosperity to the above mentioned Districts Gujranwala, Hafizabad Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Faisalabad, Tooba Tek Singh and Jhang. He told that after the completion of Headwork, more than 3 million acres of fertile land irrigates.

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