KARACHI: The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, asked the World Bank to provide technical assistance to conduct the feasibility study for the construction of an alternative dam in place of the Sukkur dam, 89 years old.
“This feasibility study component is part of the World Bank sponsored Sindh Dam Improvement Project and we are seriously considering building the new dam as an alternative to the old Sukkur Dam, which is the lifeline of the agro-economy of the province. ” He said so on Friday as he chaired a virtual meeting with World Bank Country Director Najy Binhassine here at CM House.
Murad Ali Shah said that the Sukkur Dam was commissioned in 1932 and has now completed its logical life. He added that the Sukkur Dam was the province’s lifeline and supplied water to seven major canals, including three on the right bank and four on the left bank. Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro told the World Bank country director that the provincial government is seriously considering building an alternative dam for the Sukkur dam for which a feasibility study is required. To this, the CM added that there was a component of carrying out a feasibility study of the Sukkur dam in the dam improvement project.
The World Bank Country Director told the CM that experts from the World Bank will visit the dam very soon and that after the visit and necessary discussions, technical assistance will be provided to the Government of Sindh for the preparation of the PC- 1 of the project. .
At the same time, the Karachi Water and Sewerage Improvement Project (KWSSIP) is launched with World Bank assistance for $ 1.6 million to improve the infrastructure of the Water Board and introduce reforms.
Local government minister Nasir Shah told the meeting that consultants were being hired to study institutional reforms in the KWSB. The study would focus on human resources, feasibility management study, revenue improvement and communication strategy. The consultants would start their study in February 2022.
As part of the project, 14 pairs of suction and wastewater jet trucks were purchased and handed over to KWSB. Another batch of 14 pairs of suction and sewage jet trucks with 10 S&J combo trucks would be purchased next year before the monsoon. Local government minister Nasir Shah told the meeting that the World Bank has approved the terms of reference for the advisory service for updating the KWSB master plan.