Federal Minister of Water Resources chaired a high level meeting
Islamabad June 26th, 2019:
This was the crux of an annual coordination session of the federal and provincial authorities held on Wednesday, 26th June 2019, under Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Water Resources to review preparedness for 2019-Monsoon Season.
The meeting presided over by the Minister for Water Resources, Muhammad Faisal Vawda, noted with concern that the encroachments in the river waterways besides major Nullahs by the public masses in Provinces are so frequent and in such magnitude that even the low floods create havoc in the communities the recent example of this is the case of 105,000 cusecs outflow from Jhelum River at Mangla. He urged the provinces and federal line agencies for prompt approval of their respective Flood Plain management Acts and their strict enforcement to prevent the encroachment in the waterways on permanent basis.
Head, Flood Forecasting Division, PMD, Lahore apprised the meeting that this year’s monsoon rains will be normal with above normal rains expected in Northern Areas (GB, KP, Punjab, AJ&K) which coupled with westerly incursion and snow melt may result into an extreme flood event.
The meeting expressed dissatisfaction over the late submission of priority flood protection projects by the provincial governments and hence their late implementation. The Secretary Ministry of Water Resources urged the provinces and federal agencies for timely submission of PC-Is of emergent nature flood protection projects being funded through the federal Government PSDP so that their timely approval and implementations can be ensured in the best public interest towards protection from floods.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Ashraf, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Chief Engineering Adviser & Chairman Federal Flood Commission and other senior officials of the related federal and provincial government organizations, including representative from Pak Army to discuss all issues related to 2019 flood preparedness.
All the stakeholders briefed the meeting on pre-emptive measures taken to minimize the effects of damages in the event of occurrence of floods. The Federal Minister for Water Resources, Mr. Muhammad Faisal Vawda directed all concerned to remain vigilant with reinforced and round-the-clock coordination throughout the monsoon season. Meeting was further informed that PMD’s and WAPDA’s related equipments are fully functional.
WASA Rawalpindi and District Government, Rawalpindi were directed for the complete clearing of Lai Nullah beds/ sides at critical locations from waste material dumped by the locals and also removal of encroachment at different places in compliance with the early warning system installed.
In view of forecast of rains and expected urban flooding, the provinces were advised to be fully vigilant and clear all storm drains in cities and towns especially in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad etc.
Prediction of Widespread Rain
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a press release that a strong rain bearing system is likely to grip southern parts of the country on Friday, March 01, 2019 and may persist in upper parts till Monday, March 04, 2019 (morning). Under the influence of this weather system:
- Widespread rain-thunderstorm (with few moderate to isolated heavy falls & snowfall over the hills) with strong gusty winds also expected in Punjab from Friday, March 01, 2019 (night) to Monday, March 04, 2019 (morning). Heavy falls may cause flash flooding in hill torrents of DG Khan from Friday (evening/night) to Saturday.
In this connection, a notification from Punjab Disaster Management Authority on February 26, 2019 has been issued.
Click here for Notification
Visit of Australian High Commissioner HE Ms Margret Adamson
Islamabad December 20th, 2018:
Australian High Commissioner HE Ms Margret Adamson called on the Secretary, Water Resources to discuss the future steps for implementation of actions agreed in the MoU on Water Resources Management. Both the sides agreed to share with each other nominees for constituting the Joint Advisory Committee and work out Annual Work Plan to achieve the objectives set out in the MOU.
The Australian High Commissioner informed that the Australian Experts from Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) will be visiting Pakistan during early next year which will engage with provincial Agriculture departments and also with the Ministry of Water Resources.
Visit of Task Team Leader – WCAP
Islamabad October 24th, 2018:
Dr. William Young, Visiting Task Team Leader, World Bank had a meeting with Syed Muhammad Mehr Ali Shah, Joint Secretary (Water)/Project Director (WCAP) to review the progress of Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services Project (WCAP).
MOU on Water Resources Management signed between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Government of Australia
Islamabad September 18th, 2018:
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Water Resources Management between Islamic Republic of Pakistan andGovernment of Australia has been signed on 18-09-2018 by Mr. Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and H.E. Margaret Adamson, High Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan. The activities envisaged in this document of cooperation will open new horizons of cooperation between the two countries, particularly to improve Water Resources Management inter-alia in the following areas:
- River Basin Management (including basin planning, hydrology and hydrometeorology and ground water management);
- Water for Food and Agriculture;
- Water for Energy (including water for hydropower and industry);
- Water for Cities (including design for water sensitive cities);
- Water for the Environment (including healthy rivers, environmental flows, natural infrastructure and ecosystem maintenance);
- Water-related policy and institutional evolution, gender, valuing water, water use efficiency, watershed and water quality management, river/reservoir sediment management, rain-water harvesting, water situation & reuse of
waste-water, water data, water sharing/allocation, addressing water insecurity, water infrastructure financing, private sector engagement, and public-private partnerships;
- Drinking water (including aspects of drinking water quality) and other domains of co-operation as may be mutually approved;
- Riverine, flash and urban flood management;
- Early warning system related to natural disasters associated to hydro-meteorological/extreme climate events;
Establishment of PM -CJ Fund for Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam
Islamabad September 9th, 2018: The Prime Minister has been pleased to call for public donations for Prime Minister – Chief Justice fund for Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam. The funds details are as under:
Bank: State Bank of Pakistan
Account Name: SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN
Account No: 03-593-299999-001-4
Online link for Donation: Please Click here
Ref:Prime Minister’s Office Letter No.11(9)/2018-Admn Dated 9th September,2018
Ministry of Water Resources to Donate Money from their salaries for Construction of Dams
Islamabad July 11th, 2018: Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s initiative regarding contribution toward Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams Fund the officers and staff of Ministry of Water Resources and office of Chairman Federal Flood Commission in a meeting under the chairmanship of Secretary Ministry of Water Resources decided to volunteer following humble contribution:
- Secretary, Water Resources volunteered to contribute his 15-day pay.
- All the officers (BS-17 & above) of the Ministry and the Federal Flood Commission volunteered to contribute their 3-day pay.
- The staff members (BS-1 to 16) of the Ministry and the Federal Flood Commission will contribute their 1-day salary toward the fund.
ECNEC APPROVED MOHMAND DAM HYDROPOWER PROJECT
Islamabad April 26th, 2018: The ECNEC in its meeting held on 26 April 2018 approved Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project at a total cost of Rs. Rs. 309.558 billion including FEC component of Rs. 71.548 billion.
The Secretary Ministry of Water Resources Mr. Shamail Ahmad Khawaja apprised the forum about the Project’s financing plan according to which the cost of dam attributable to water sector and agricultural benefits is Rs. 114,285 million which will require funding from the Federal PSDP as a grant whereas the remaining amount of the project which is Rs. 195.273 billion for power generation component will be arranged in the form of WAPDA’s equity and local and foreign commercial financing.
The forum chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan approved the project according to the above stated financing strategy.
|1.||Catchment Area||13,650 km2|
|2.||Dam Type||Concrete Faced Rock-fill Dam (CFRD)|
|3.||Dam Height||203 m|
|4.||Design Flood||968,575 cusec|
|5.||Live Storage||0.676 MAF|
|6.||Installed Capacity||800 MW|
|7.||Annual Energy||2,862 GWh|
|9.||Irrigation BenefitsLeft Bank
|9,013 acre; (through 116 cusec canal)
7,716 acre; (through 116 cusec canal)
|10.||Drinking Water for Peshawar||460 cusec capacity for water supply|
|11.||Implementation Period||86 months, including 12 months for Defect Liability Period (DLP) and further 6 months for closure of the project|