Islamabad: According to media reports published on Thursday, the Balochistan administration has announced plans to build 49 micro dams for irrigation of land in the province at a cost of PKR 6.451 billion.

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The construction of these small dams, according to an official source, will reduce water scarcity while increasing groundwater levels. Furthermore, in order to solve the province’s water scarcity situation, the government has raised the budget for the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) in the current fiscal year.

In the fiscal year 2021-22, PKR 298 million has been set aside for the development of the Awaran Dam. The establishment of the Command Area for rainwater gathering will cost PKR 1.492 billion.

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In addition, the government has set aside PKR 860.868 million for Phase II of the Mirani Dam Command Area Development, as well as PKR 572.682 million for dam Command Areas in Phase II.

Also, PKR 400 million has been set up for the Kacchi Canal Command Area’s construction. It would allow 29,000 acres of barren land in Dera Bugti and the neighboring areas to be cultivated.

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