Lahore – April 1, 2016: In the wake of award of two contracts amounting to Rs.1248 million by the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), rehabilitation works to strengthen the reservoir rim of Mangla Dam near Khaliq Abad in the suburban area of Mirpur, Azad Jammu andKashmir (AJ&K), are in full swing. WAPDA is confidant to complete the rehabilitation works by the end of August, 2016 in a phased-manner in accordance with the schedule agreed to by the Indus River System Authority (IRSA).
It is worth mentioning here that the said contracts were awarded on March 22, and the works started on the sites the same day. The coffer dam on the site is 70 percent complete and is expected to be fully completed by April 10. The coffer dam will facilitate carrying out construction activities without any hindrance and filling of Mangla reservoir.
It is pertinent to mention that WAPDA has chalked out schedule for execution of the rehabilitation works in such a manner that construction activities shall not affect the filling of Mangla reservoir.
It is pertinent to mention that the matter was discussed in an advisory meeting held yesterday at Islamabad. All the stakeholders including IRSA were satisfied with the measures taken by WAPDA to meet the agreed timelines of the impounding of Mangla reservoir in 2016.