Islamabad, Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired a progress review meeting on Sindh Barrage Project here in Islamabad on Wednesday. Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza, Representatives from WAPDA and senior officers attended the meeting.
WAPDA senior officers informed the meeting that the proposed barrage site is located about 180 km downstream Kotri Barrage & 45 km upstream Indus River outfall into the Arabian Sea. The objectives of the project are to ensure the reliable availability of freshwater in south Kotri/delta, to prevent seawater intrusion through the structural measures, to improve the ecology of Indus River/delta downstream Kotri, to provide a clean drinking water supply for cities & towns in the project vicinity, flood mitigation and socio-economic uplift of the area.
The Minister was informed that the feasibility study is underway and would be completed by September 2021. Minister Planning directed WAPDA officials to expedite work on the feasibility study. He further asked the officials to ensure that the project benefits for the local communities in the area should be clearly highlighted which would assist and guide the Government in making appropriate investments in the project.
It was decided that a meeting would be convened for a detailed review as soon as the feasibility is completed.