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CDWP greenlights funding of 23.8 billion for Indus Basin Irrigation System

CDWP greenlights funding of 23.8 billion for Indus Basin Irrigation System

Islamabad: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved PKR 23.835 billion to fund the Automated Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS).

During a CDWP meeting chaired by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan at the P-Block Secretariat, a project titled “Installation of Telemetry System for Real-Time Discharge Monitoring at 27 Key Sites on Indus Basin Irrigation System” was discussed. The CDWP recommended the project for final approval to the National Economic Council Executive Committee (ECNEC).

The IBIS modernization project aims to replace manual irrigation water management systems with automated telemetry equipment at 27 locations. Funding for the project will come from the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), with PKR 500 million sponsored by the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) from its resources. The IRSA will have complete jurisdiction over the project, and the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) will be responsible for its execution.

This technology will offer immediate insights into water flow and gate positions, resolving control challenges and potential disputes among provinces. By promoting transparency, fair water distribution, and adherence to the Water Apportionment Accord of 1991, the initiative seeks to foster trust and improve inter-provincial relations.

The project’s completion will undoubtedly contribute to the region’s social, agricultural, and industrial development. Furthermore, it will create numerous employment opportunities throughout its execution and maintenance phases. It’s crucial to note that IRSA, mandated by a 1992 Act of Parliament, regulates and distributes surface waters among provinces by the Water Apportionment Accord of 1991. For the latest Real Estate News and Blogs, visit Realtorspk blogs.

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