WAPDA Chairman visits Nai Gaj Dam Project to assess post-flood situation

Bureau Report

 

MUZAFFARABAD :In the wake of recent floods, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) Friday visited Nai Gaj Dam project area with a view to assess the situation on ground and damages to the project caused by the flood.

During the visit, the chairman had a detailed round of various components of the project. WAPDA General Manager (Projects) South and Project Director Nai Gaj Dam were also present on the occasion,said a news release issued here.

The WAPDA chairman, on the occasion, assured his full support to the civil administration of Dadu and Sindh to tackle the situation that has arisen out of the recent floods.

He also appreciated WAPDA engineers and officials for their efforts to protect the structures of Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD) Project during the flood, it said.

Earlier, the chairman was briefed by the General Manager (Projects) South about the water flows in the project area during the floods, along with status and the loss done to the project components. The chairman was apprised that the upstream protection dyke (Coffer Dam) to secure construction area of the Main Dam affected due to the floods, however, part of the Main Dam built so far remained safe. The chairman directed the project management to conduct a detailed study and submit a report about damages to the project. He also asked them to recommend measures to cope with such a situation in future, the news release said.

It is pertinent to mention that Nai Gaj Dam Project is being constructed on Gaj River, 65-Kilometer North-West of Dadu. On completion, the dam will have a gross storage capacity of 300,000 acre feet, while command area of the project comprises of 28,800 acres.

The progress on the approved components stands at 51 percent. If the funding is approved by the ECNEC, Nai Gaj Dam can be completed in two years, it added.