The PTI-led government initiated the construction of dams after coming into power and completed 27 dams in the last two years.

The dams completed from Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) have a storage capacity of 68,939-acre feet in various districts of Balochistan.

The small, medium, large and delayed action dams, at various stages of completion, will further add storage of 9.016 MAF. After the construction of large reservoirs in the country, the storage capacity of water will increase to several million-acre feet.

He said that work was underway on various projects in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh. The federal government was providing funds for the construction of various small, medium, large, and delay action/recharge dam projects in the country through Federal PSDP.

These projects are aimed at providing water for irrigation/agriculture and drinking purposes. These projects are being implemented by WAPDA and Irrigation Departments of four provinces besides the Public Health Engineering Department, Balochistan.

At present combined storage capacity of Mangla, Tarbela, and Chashma reservoirs is about 14.349 MAF. After the completion of ongoing projects i.e. Mohmand, Diamer Bhasha, and Nai Gaj Dams, the gross storage capacity will be increased to 23.988 MAF.

The story was filed by the News Desk. The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.

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