ISLAMABAD – Senate Standing Committee on Water Resources Friday was informed that Chiniot dam would be built on river Chenab and it would cost Rs60 billion.
The committee, headed by Senator Shamim Afridi, was further informed that it would be a multi-purpose dam which would not generate 80 MW electricity but also help protect local areas from the flood.
Ministry of Water Resources Secretary told that the dam would take four years for completion and it would have the capacity to store 0.9 million acre-feet water.
Regarding under construction small dams in Balochistan, the Senate panel was further informed that such dams with 80 per cent progress were being completed on priority basis. Some 90 per cent work had already been completed on Kalat dam and Rs139 million more was needed for its completion.
Senator Mir Yousaf said contracts of dams were being awarded to blue-eyed people resulting from a delay in their completion.