lahore - An agreement was signed between Punjab government and a prominent Chinese company, Sino Hydro here Tuesday for the rehabilitation and up-gradation of Sulemanki Barrage and Pakpattan Canal. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion. Under the agreement, the Chinese company will work on the project of rehabilitation and upgradation of Sulemanki Barrage, reconstruction of its bridge, Pakpattan Canal, Khadar Branch and PI Link. The project costing a sum of Rs 8 billion will be completed in 2017. Head of Project Management Unit of Irrigation Department Syed Mehmood ul Hassan and Duan Jianxia of Sino Hydro China signed the documents.Talking to media after the signing ceremony, the Chief Minister said that the agreement between Punjab government and the Chinese company for rehabilitation and upgradation of Sulemanki Barrage and Pakpattan Canal is a milestone. He said that completion of the project will ensure supply of water to 25 lakh acres of land which will benefit lakhs of families. He said that the project will be completed in a transparent manner while a high standard of work will also be ensured. He said that farming community of Okara, Pakpattan, Vehari and Bahawalnagar will directly benefit from rehabilitation of Sulemanki Barrage and Pakpattan Canal as agricultural economy will strengthen due to availability of water to a vast agricultural area. The Chief Minister said that Sulemanki Barrage was constructed in 1926 and rehabilitation and upgradation of this important barrage is a need of the hour. He directed Irrigation Department authorities to perform their responsibilities with hard work and commitment and ensure timely completion of the project. Chief Secretary, Secretary Irrigation, Secretary Planning & Development, Secretary Information and officials of the Chinese company were also present on the occasion.