Islamabad: the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in Islamabad has approved a substantial irrigation project called the Automated Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS), estimated to be worth PKR 23.835 billion.
CDWP sanctions one initiative, and three are proposed to ECNEC for approval. The details indicate that the project was discussed at the P-Block Secretariat during a CDWP meeting presided over by the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan.
The funding for the modernization of the IBIS is anticipated to be provided via the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), with the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) contributing PKR 500 million from its funds. The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has been entrusted with the project’s execution responsibilities, which fall under the jurisdiction of IRSA.
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This equipment will mitigate control challenges and prevent disputes between provinces by delivering real-time data on water flow and gate positions. The primary objectives of this endeavour are to bolster trust and foster harmonious relations between provinces through promoting transparency, fair water distribution, and adherence to the Water Apportionment Accord of 1991.
In addition, it is anticipated that the finalization of the project will foster social, agricultural, and industrial progress while generating job prospects during its implementation and upkeep stages. It is crucial to acknowledge that IRSA, authorized by a 1992 Act of Parliament, administers and allocates surface waters to provinces in compliance with the Water Apportionment Accord 1991.
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