SENATE PANEL INFORMED
From Our Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reforms was informed yesterday that 450 small dams were constructed in Balochistan for enhancing water storage capacity of the province as well as to prevent flash floods in the province. The committee met here with Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi was also informed that these small dams were constructed by the indigenous resources of the Balochistan Government. Briefing the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Balochistan said that an amount of Rs 7.5 billion were spent on the construction of these dams. It was also informed that average 10 million acre feet water was generated through rains out of which 2.5 million acre feet water was conserved, where as remaining was wasted and causing flash floods in the province. The meeting was further informed that feasibility study for small and medium dams is being conducted in 18 river basin and identified 20 potential areas for building the water reservoirs. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has also provided US$ 100 million for the technical assistance for feasibility study of water resources development projects. The feasibility for the project has been started and it would be completed during the year 2017, adding that the development of these water reservoirs would not only help in enhancing the water storage capacity of the province, but it would also help in boosting the ground water level.