Karachi: According to news reports, the extension of the Kachhi Canal, which would irrigate another 30,000 acres of pristine land in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti region, is expected to be completed by August of next year.

During his visit to the project site, Chairman Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority Muzammil Hussain declared this.

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WAPDA is committed to contributing to a green and thriving Pakistan by completing its projects to make water available for agriculture, according to the Chairman.

The Kachhi Canal extension is being carried out under three separate contracts, with a total cost of approximately nineteen billion rupees.

According to the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) media wing, this was mentioned by Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) during his visit to the project area on Sunday.

During the tour, Ata Ullah Memon, General Manager (Central) Water, Syed Ali Akhtar Shah, Project Director Kachhi Canal, and officials from the contractors and consultants were also present. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which has had a negative impact on the world for more than a year and a half, WAPDA Chairman expressed satisfaction with the pace of development on the project.

In addition, a 32-kilometer long water distribution system will be built in the command area to irrigate an additional 30,000 acres of land in the Balochistan district of Dera Bugti. WAPDA has already completed the construction of a 363-kilometer main canal and an 81-kilometer auxiliary water distribution system to irrigate 72,000 acres of land.

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The canal, which starts at Taunsa Barrage in Punjab’s Muzaffargarh district and ends in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti district, has a discharge capacity of 6000 cusecs.

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