ISLAMABAD    -    The government has proposed an allocation of Rs 183.215 billion for the Ministry of Water Resources in the PSDP 2022-23. For the hydle component, which is mostly financed by WAPDA from its own resources or foreign aid, an allocation of Rs 91.587 billion and for water sector projects Rs 91.628 billion have been proposed. A major chunk of more than Rs 82 billion of the hydle and water sector will go to two projects including Dasu hydropower project and dam portion of Bhasha project.

As per the official documents available with the scribe, there are 13 ongoing projects of under hydle component; of the Ministry of Water Resources.

For the water sector projects, of the Ministry of Water Resources, an allocation of Rs 91.628 billion has been proposed for 60 ongoing and 13 new projects.

In hydle sector, the highest fund of Rs 55.383 billion has been allocated for Dasu Hydropower Project (2,160 MW). For Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project (969 MW) an allocation of Rs 12.083 billion has been proposed. For Tarbela 5th Extension Hydro Power Project (1,410 MW) an allocation of Rs 12 billion has been proposed, while for Tarbela 4th Extension Hydro Power Project (1,410 MW) Rs 1.940 billion has been proposed. For Warsak Hydroelectric Power Station 2nd Rehabilitation (242.96 MW) an allocation of Rs 2.470 billion has been proposed. The government PSDP allocations for Hydle project is only Rs 240 million, the rest is funded by foreign aid and WAPDA self financing.

The total allocation of water sector is Rs Rs 91.628 billion which includes Rs 88.428 billion for the ongoing projects and Rs3.2 billion for the new projects. The total throw-forward of the country’s water sector is Rs 1337.217 billion while for the total throw-forward of Water Resource Ministry is Rs 1932.023 billion.

The total proposed allocations for the ongoing projects of the water sector are Rs 88.428 billion against the throw-forward of Rs 1028.929 billion. The total approved cost of the ongoing water sector projects is Rs1624.968 billion having an estimated expenditure of Rs 596.039 billion by June 30,2021.

The major part of the proposed allocations for ongoing projects will go to Diamer Basha Dam Project, K-IV water supply project, Mohmand Multipurpose Dam Project, Kacchi Canal, Naulong and Nai Gaj dam.

The APCC has proposed an allocation of Rs27 billion for the dam part and land acquisition of Diamer Basha Dam Project during the upcoming PSDP 2022-23..

The throw-forward of Diamer Basha Dam Project has Rs 473.42 billion. For Diamer Basha Dam Project (Dam Part) an allocation of Rs 18 billion has been proposed while for the Land Acquisition and Re-settlement of the project Rs 7bn has been recommended .For K-4 Greater Water Supply Scheme (260 MGD) against the throw-forward of Rs 98.695 billion,the proposed allocation in the upcoming PSDP is Rs 18 billion. The total approved cost of the project is Rs 126.405bn and the total estimated expenditure by June 30, will be Rs27.710 billion.

For Mohmand Multipurpose Dam Project, an allocation of Rs 11.060 billion has been proposed by the APCC. The total approved cost of the project is Rs 309.558 billion and the estimated expenditure up to June is Rs 53.485 billion. The throw-forward of the project is Rs 256.073 billion. For Kachhi Canal Project (Remaining Works) Phase-I, the proposed allocation is Rs 9.471 billion.

For Nai Gaj Dam Project Dadu (Sindh) the proposed allocation during the upcoming PSDP is Rs 5bn. The total approved cost of the project is Rs 46.980 billion and the estimated expenditure by the end of ongoing fiscal is Rs 14.93 billion. The throw-forward is Rs 32.288 billion.

Naulong Storage Dam Project Jhal Magsi, the proposed allocation is only Rs 500 million against the throw forward of Rs 27.732 billion. The total approved cost of the project is Rs28.465 billion while the estimated expenditure till June 30, 2022 will be Rs732.583 billion.

Five new projects with the approved cost of 308.288bn have been included in the PSDP 2022-23, and has proposed an allocation of Rs 3.2 billion for these projects. For Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC) Left Cum Gravity Project Rs 500 million have been allocated in the PSDP.