Islamabad: According to news sources, following the award of the contract and mobilization of the contractors to the sites, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has begun construction work on the extension of the Kachhi Canal.

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On Thursday, the media branch of WAPDA told APP “The extension of Kachhi Canal is being carried out through three different contracts with the cost of Rs 19.504 billion.” The existing main canal will be enlarged by 40 kilometers as part of the project. In addition, a 32-kilometer long water distribution system would be built in the command area to irrigate an additional 30,000 acres of land in the Balochistan district of Dera Bugti. The extension construction is expected to be finished by August 2022.

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. 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 cubic meters per second. By promoting irrigated agriculture and an agro-based economy in Balochistan, the Kachhi Canal is a critical initiative for alleviating poverty in distant and underdeveloped areas of the province.

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The land is cultivated in Sui and nearby parts of Dera Bugti district through the existing Kachhi Canal has brought about a tremendous transformation in the life of the residents, which is a good sign for Balochistan.

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