Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has given approval for the construction of a small dam project in Surra near Sanghar, Dera Ghazi Khan.
The CM approved while presiding over a high-level meeting through video link at CM office to review the progress of the project of constructing dams to store the water of hill-torrents in Rajanpur and DG Khan, the chief minister has directed officials concerned to include this project in the Annual Development Program (ADP) of next fiscal year.
He further directed the authorities that the feasibility study of the dam should be completed at the earliest. The water of hill-torrents of DG Khan and Rajanpur can be stored and used for agriculture and irrigation purposes. The construction of the dam in Surra will provide water to the people up to Taunsa in abundant quantity besides ensuring development in the agri-sector.
The Surra Dam project will prove to be a game-changer for the area. Buzdar further directed the authorities concerned to constitute a steering committee and a separate working group for this project.
P&D chairman will be the head of the steering committee whereas the working group will consist of experts of relevant departments.
Buzdar said the Punjab government will start the Surra Dam as a pilot project. The construction of the dam will also provide water to the crops. He said every year rainwater goes to drains. It is very important to utilise this water after storing it. The construction of the dam will also promote tourism in the area.
Usman Buzdar was briefed about the technical issues and about the progress on the feasibility study of the dam. Principal Secretary to CM, Irrigation Secretary, P&D chairman, Secretary Finance, MD, GM and Chief Engineer of NESPAK participated in the meeting. Secretaries of Agriculture, Forests, livestock and housing departments participated from Committee Room of the Civil Secretariat through video link and experts from Turkey and Germany participated through zoom.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2021.