WAPDA has completed the contract KC-06A (2R) – one of the components of Kachhi Canal Project – on time despite unfavourbale working conditions due to adverse law and order situation in the area and limited working hours, the authority general manager has claimed.

WAPDA General Manager (Central) Water Ghulam Abbas Anjum informed in a meeting at WAPDA House Monday that the project authorities hade also managed to save about Rs. 500 million in this contract due to usage of silt deposited in the canal prism, declared as suitable for construction of the canal banks and protection bunds.

The meeting, presided over by WAPDA Chairman Zafar Mahmood, was also attended by WAPDA Member (Water) Muhammad Shoaib Iqbal, Member (Finance) Anwar-ul-Haq, Secretary WAPDA Amer Ahmad, Project Director Hassan Mehr, Project Manager Irfan Ullah Marwat and other senior officers concerned.

The Authority appreciated the efforts of the project authorities for timely completion of the said contract and saving about Rs. 500 million to the national exchequer. The Authority also directed the project management to expedite their efforts for completion of the Part-A of the Phase-I of Kachhi Canal Project, scheduled to be completed by the end October 2016. The Part-A of the Phase-I will irrigate 55,000 acres of barren land in the far-flung areas in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan province to usher in socio-economic development in those backward areas.

The contract KC-06A (2R) was awarded with a cost of Rs. 2787.5 million for about 12-kilometer long portion of Kachhi Canal, earth work, lining and remaining works of various structures in this reach.

During implementation of the contract, the silt deposited in the canal was found suitable, which was removed from the canal and used in construction of the canal banks and protection bund, thus saving a hefty amount of Rs. 500 million to the national exchequer.