Mangla Dam upraising to enhance annual power generation by 14 percent
9 September 2007
The Daily Times
Mirpur: The under-construction Mangla Dam upraising project will enhance the annual power generation capacity from the dam by 14 percent, said official sources, adding that the project would increase the water storage capacity of the dam by 20 percent. The mega project of upraising of countrys second biggest dam will cost Rs 62 billion. The upraising of the dam, sources said, would also help in increasing the water storage capacity of the dam by 2.09 million cubic feet annually. It will also help in supplying water for irrigation to the adjoining districts of Mirpur and Bhimbher, where land is fertile and appropriate for agriculture, they added. They said the project would open new vistas of economic progress in Pakistan and it would have far reaching affect on the socio-economic development of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK). The AJK government is receiving the annual royalty of the Mangla Dam to the tune of billions of rupees. Sources said thousands of local people would be displaced by the upraising project. However, the government has a resettlement plan ready for the affected, sources added. The displaced families will be rehabilitated in New Mirpur City and four small model towns where over 10,000 residential plots are being carved out for housing the affected, they said, adding that the development work in the New Mirpur City and four model towns - Islamgarh, Siakh, Dadayal and Chakswari - was in progress. Source said the payment of compensation to the affected people was also underway and compensation for the agricultural land was being given under the Land Revenue Act, whereas compensation for the constructed property would be given with the allotment papers. Every affected family head will be given a years time for the construction of their houses, they said, adding that over Rs 35 billion had already been allocated in the form of compensation to be given to the affected. Compensation money has already been given to the population of 27 villages out of 118 villages affected by the upraising project. The compensation will be given to the remaining affected by March next year. The Rs 4 billion rupees Greater Water Supply and sewerage project in Mirpur and five adjoining hamlets as well as Mirpur- Islamgarh bridge construction project has been launched, sources said, adding that the federal government had so far given Rs 670 million for these projects.