RAWALPINDI: Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood on Wednesday said 15pc work on Dadhucha Dam had been completed in two and a half months.

Presiding over a meeting to review the progress on the dam, h said efforts were being made to complete this important project of public interest within two and a half years. The work on this project has been stalled for years.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Engineer Potohar Moin Qureshi, additional deputy commissioner Revenue retired Capt Mohammad Shoaib, Executive Engineer Small Dams Rawalpindi Maqbool Ahmed.

The commissioner said practical work on the dam was started in January 2021 and now work on this project was underway on fast track.

He said heavy machinery was engaged in this important project and work on the dam’s spillway and excavation are underway.

He said Daducha Dam was a project worth a total of Rs6,492 million which included the purchase of land for the dam and the completion period of this project is two and a half years.

He said 16,194 kanals, 14 marlas of land had been acquired for Daducha Dam project.

Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mahmood said Daducha Dam had become indispensable to meet the growing water needs of Rawalpindi.

He said the total requirement of water for Rawalpindi was 72 to 75 million gallons per day (MGD) which will increase from 75MGD to 100MGD in 2030 which is difficult to meet without Daducha Dam.

He said Daducha Dam was planned in 2002 but work on it was constantly delayed.

The ongoing work on Daducha Dam was reviewed in detail in the meeting.

Published in Dawn, March 25th, 2021

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