Sindh: Small Dams to Cope With Water Shortage
The Sindh Minister of Agriculture has announced yesterday (14 June 2007) government plans to build small dams, collecting rain water in areas facing severe water shortages.
Below is a press statement issued by the Associated Press of
Sindh Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi has said that government has planned to construct small dams in
He said that building small dams in
He said that in the first phase small dams were being constructed in arid zones of Nagarparkar and Kohistan to irrigate 77,000 acres of land - 36,550 acres in Kohistan and 40,000 acres in Nagarparkar.
These dams would also provide drinking water to 0.2 million people and their livestock. Besides, he said that the dams would raise water table in these areas which would benefit the crops.
He said that in Nagarparkar small dams should be built at Bhutiani, Muljee, Madro, Sordhun, Kaboso and other areas, while in Kohistan small dams could be constructed at Nai Gaj, Nai Sun, Nai Baran, Ranikote, Salari, Moolan and Kandro. He said that the CM would visit arid areas of the province to inspect the sites of small dams.
The Minister said Sindh was agriculture-based province and it was very much required to preserve water resources there.
He said that a Small Dams Organisation comprising technical experts should be set up.
He said the Sehwan Barrage Scheme would soon be launched. Jatoi said that advice from local people should also be sought regarding building small dams and matched with technical data before finalising feasibility of dam projects