Lahore: April 27, 2016. The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Zafar Mahmood today had a meeting with Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid at Mangla to discuss on-going rehabilitation works of Mangla Reservoir Rim adjacent to Mirpur-Kotli road near Khaliq Abad. In addition, various development schemes implemented by WAPDA in the area as confidence building measures (CBMs) were also discussed in the meeting.
WAPDA Member (Power) Badr-ul-Munir Murtiza, Mirpur Divisional Commissioner/ Mangla Dam Affairs Commissioner Amjad Ali Khan and Mangla Dam Organisation (MDO) General Manager /Project Director Ghulam Sarwar Memon also attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, WAPDA Chairman said that Mangla Dam has been playing a pivotal role for socio-economic development of the country since its completion in 1967 by releasing water for agriculture and generating low-cost hydel electricity. He said that WAPDA initiated a number of development schemes for the people of AJ&K in the suburbs of Mangla Dam as CBMs in addition to compensation package for affectees of Mangla Dam Raising Project. Referring to the rehabilitation works for Mangla Reservoir Rim, the Chairman said that WAPDA is fully cognizant of the importance of these works and is taking all possible measures for their scheduled completion to materialize water impounding 2016.
Later, WAPDA Chairman visited rehabilitation sites at Khaliq Abad and Mirpur By-pass Road to review construction work being carried out there. During his visit to the sites, the Chairman said that completion of rehabilitation works of Mangla Reservoir Rim is of immense importance in view of filling of Mangla Reservoir and is tantamount to race against the time. He directed the project authorities and the contractors to make it sure that the works be completed as per schedule.
Briefing the Chairman, MDO General Manager said that rehabilitation works to strengthen the Reservoir Rim of Mangla Dam near Khaliq Abad are in full swing, and expected to be completed by the end of August this year in a phased manner. He further said that schedule for execution of rehabilitation works has been chalked out in such a way that construction activities shall not affect filling of Mangla reservoir.