‘Work on Naulong Dam to commence within two months’

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee on Water Resources on Friday informed that work on the Naulong Dam in district Jhal Magsi, Balochistan, will commence within two months.

An official of the Ministry of Water Resources and Balochistan Irrigation Department has given assurance to the committee that work on the project will be started within the next 45 days after completion of the procedural process.

The committee was informed that the feasibility study and detailed design of the project have also been completed.

According to the irrigation department, the total cost of the projects is about Rs23 billion and it will be completed within three years after the start of work.

The committee was informed that the dam had the capacity to store about 242,163 acre-feet of water. The dam would also generate about 4.4MW electricity.

The official of the irrigation department informed the committee that the Asian Development Bank is ready to finance the project. The committee was presided over by Senator Shammim Afridi.