Rising water level no threat to dams

Quetta official dismisses rumours of potential overflows

APP April 20, 2024


Water management and safety are paramount concerns in regions like Quetta, where reliance on dams for water supply is crucial, especially during periods of heavy rainfall.

Chief Engineer Irrigation Quetta Division, Engineer Bashiruddin Tareen, addressed the public regarding the rising water levels in Quetta’s dams due to recent rains, highlighting the potential impact on underground water levels.

Tareen reassured the community about the safety of all dams in the vicinity, indicating that as some dams reach their capacity, water is being discharged through spillways. This measure aims to prevent overflows and minimize potential risks associated with rising water levels.

During an inspection of the dams, conducted as per directives from Chief Secretary Balochistan and Secretary Irrigation, Tareen underscored the importance of preventing encroachments on Irrigation Department drains.

He emphasized that legal action will be taken against anyone found to be encroaching upon these vital waterways, highlighting the seriousness of the issue. Accompanied by key officials including Superintending Engineer Quetta Circle Qurban Jatoi and Executive Engineer Irrigation Quetta Division Engineer Nadeem Ahmed Dehwar, Tareen received a comprehensive briefing on the status of various dams in the region.

Engineer Dehwar provided detailed information, revealing that the Spin-Kariz Dam currently holds 2,000 acre feet of water, with other dams also nearing capacity.

Tareen’s statements aimed to dispel rumors and alleviate concerns among the public regarding the safety of the dams. He emphasized the dedication of his team in ensuring the continuous monitoring of dams and prompt action against encroachers to prevent any potential loss of life or property.

Furthermore, Tareen highlighted the completion of the Hanna Flood Irrigation Scheme, a significant milestone in water management efforts. This scheme facilitates the diversion of floodwater to Hanna Lake, leading to a rise in its water level. Tareen expressed optimism about the positive impact of this development, anticipating benefits for tourism and employment opportunities in the region.

The revival of boating activities on Hanna Lake was particularly emphasized by Tareen, signaling the potential for increased recreational opportunities for tourists and locals alike. This initiative aligns with broader efforts to promote tourism and economic growth in the area while harnessing the region’s natural resources sustainably.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2024.


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