Islamabad: Asad Umar, Minister of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, has instructed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to finish a feasibility assessment for two minor dams.

While chairing a meeting on Islamabad’s water concerns, the minister issued the instruction. CDA informed him that the two minor dams – Chiniot and Shahdara – will be able to provide a total of 26 million gallons per day (MGD) of water to Islamabad residents.

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on CDA Affairs Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA Raja Khurram Nawaz, CDA Chairman, and other top officials were present during the meeting.

According to a news statement from the CDA, the restoration of key Simly Dam transmission pipelines saved roughly 2MGD of water. Rawal Dam had roughly 2MGD repaired after 25 years, and 152 tubewells were operating at the time.

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The minister also instructed the civic authority to begin work on these 30 tubewells as soon as possible so that service would not be disrupted. The proposed Chiniot dam will be built in the upper area of Simly Dam, which falls in the jurisdiction of the Punjab government.

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