Mirani Dam’s construction completed in 2007, command area not yet developed

Lahore: WAPDA completed Mirani Dam Project in Balochistan in 2007, but benefits of the project could not be fully accrued, as the command area is not developed by the authorities concerned.

Only 8,000 acres of land has so far been developed, while land development in rest of the command area is to be expedited by Balochistan Government, Senator Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch was briefed about the project by WAPDA Secretary Imtiaz Tajwar.

WAPDA official said that gross storage capacity of Mirani Dam is more than 300,000 acre feet of water. The dam has a command area of 33,200 acres of land if irrigated through conventional flood irrigation. The command area could be increased manifold if the latest irrigation techniques, such as drip and sprinkler, are adopted.

It was further briefed that Mirani Dam, soon after its completion, successfully withstood the worst-ever floods in 2007, caused by the tropical cyclone and substantial rainfall in the catchment of the project. The losses downstream were substantially mitigated by the dam but reservoir level rose to 271.4 feet causing significant losses upstream.

Mirani Dam Project is located on the river Dasht, 40 kilometres west of Turbat Town in Makran Region of Balochistan.

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