The provincial government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will complete construction of six small dams in Kohat, Karakm Haripur, Nowshera and Charsadda during financial year 2011-12, according to a white paper of the budget from the provincial department of finance.
According to the budget document, construction of Darmalak Dam, Lawaghar and Karak dams, Khair Bara Dam, Jabba Khattak Dam and Palai Dam, will be complete, upon availability of funds. This move will bring 12,310 acres more agricultural land under cultivation in the province. In order to increase the life span of small dams and to protect them, feasibility studies have already been completed.
More targets for the next financial year include the completion of Balambat Irrigation Scheme, which would help irrigate an area of 11,363 acres. Moreover, 96 irrigation tube wells and 11 lift irrigation schemes would be installed to bring an area of 12,850 acres under irrigation.
The provincial government had allocated Rs6,473.86 million for 82 ongoing and 14 new developments in the ADP for next financial year.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2011.