In a major development for harnessing scarce water resources in Southern Punjab, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has awarded the consultancy contract worth Rs 156.226 million to a joint venture headed by NESPAK for the feasibility study, detailed engineering design, preparation of tender documents and PC-I of Murunj Dam Project.
Wapda General Manager (Hydro Planning) Muhammad Amin and NESPAK General Manager (Water and Agriculture) Javed Munir signed the agreement on behalf of Wapda and the joint venture respectively in a ceremony held at the Wapda House.
Murunj Dam Project will be constructed across Kaha Nullah about 15 kilometres from Mari village and 116 km west of Rajanpur, Punjab. Kaha Nullah is one of the largest hill torrents of the Koh-e-Sulaiman Range located in the vicinity of Rajanpur with average annual inflows of 183,000-acre feet. The available water resources are very scarce in Rajanpur and adjoining areas facing acute shortage of freshwater for drinking and agriculture.
Murunj Dam Project has three main objectives: storage of water for irrigated agriculture and drinking purpose, flood mitigation, and power generation.
The project will have gross water storage of 800,000 acre feet. Annual monsoon rains give rise to flashy hill torrents causing inundation of thousands of acres of land in the adjoining foothills and rendering damages to public property and cultivated land each year.
The project will generate 12 megawatts cheap and environmental-friendly electricity. The project is unique in nature for Southern Punjab and will help alleviate poverty from the remote and backward regions. It will change existing economic indicators and uplift the living standard of the people.
The project will have tangible benefits and bring about 120,000 acre barren land into irrigable, groundwater recharging, and fisheries development. Implementation of the project will have a positive impact and uplift of the local economy.