Rawalpindi: Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Liaquat Ali Chatha has taken a constructive step and directed authorities involved to make all small dams operational instantly to extend agricultural actions and to finish the water disaster right here in the entire Potohar area notably in and round Rawalpindi.
The Secretary of Irrigation Dr. Wasif was additionally current on the event when Commissioner Rawalpindi Division was briefing in regards to the significance of small dams right here on Thursday. The Commissioner Rawalpindi Division mentioned that every one water-related points would finish eternally if all small dams are operated correctly. He has directed to start out renovation work on small dams instantly which weren’t useful for years. The locals of the Potohar area have been going through a scarcity of fruits, greens, wheat and even consuming water. “We might deal with this challenge by small dams,” he assured.
Deputy Commissioner (DC), Rawalpindi Hasan Waqar Cheema, Director Growth Nazia Sudhan, Mission Director (Irrigation) Tabrez Ellahi, and several other different officers had been additionally current on the event. He directed District Council, Rawalpindi to finish patchwork to method the small dams. He has directed the income division to guard all catchment areas of small dams. Small dams is not going to solely finish the water disaster but additionally enhance agricultural actions, fisheries, and tourism actions right here within the Potohar area, he assured.
The Secretary of Irrigation Dr Wasif has additionally assured to allocate most funds for small dams within the Potohar area within the subsequent annual finances. He mentioned that we will management all water-related crises right here in Rawalpindi by small dams. The irrigation division throughout its briefing mentioned that there are a complete of 58 small dams right here within the Rawalpindi division and the federal capital, Islamabad. The gross storage capability of those small dams is 0.29 million acre-feet. We’re getting 43.15 million gallons per day of consuming water from these dams.
There are a complete of 9 small dams right here in Rawalpindi of which 8 dams are fully useful however 1 dam isn’t. There are a complete of 11 small dams in Jhelum of which 9 dams are useful and a couple of are usually not. There are whole of 17 small dams in Attock of which 16 are useful however 1 isn’t. There are 13 small dams in Chakwal of which 10 dams are useful and three are usually not useful. The Commissioner Rawalpindi Division has directed to make sure all small dams are useful instantly.
It’s value mentioning right here that Rawalpindi Forest Division in 2020 authorized the development of 10 small dams for the conservation of rainwater. These reservoirs will probably be constructed within the forests within the 4 mountainous tehsils of the division. It was determined at the moment, the district forest division will bear the expenditures incurred on the development of reservoirs. The amassed rainwater will probably be used for irrigation functions together with fulfilling the water wants of home animals. The water will also be used to extinguish forest fires. However, thus far these dams haven’t been constructed.