By Ahmed Ali Khushik,

Dadu. The high level Mission of the World Bank held its review meetings with senior officers of the irrigation department government of Sindh at Guddu and Sukkur barrages related with rehabilitation work and completed its two days long visit at different palaces in Sukkur region.

World Bank mission visited for implementing rehabilitation of aging Sukkur and Guddu Barrage, and also habitat of endanger dolphin between Sukkur barrage to Lance down bridge.

World Bank high level mission comprises of Mr Toru Konishi Task Team Leader-World Bank, Francois Onimus water resources specialist -World Bank, Ahmed Juanid Memon consultant FAO-Food and agriculture/ world bank , Chris Hall Chief Resident Engineer MMI-MootMacdonlad UK, Engineer Shafqat Hussain Wadho Project Director Sindh Barrages Improvement Project, Yasir Jan Baloch Project Coordinator WSIP-Water Sector Improvement Project/SBIP who is also additional chief secretary of planning and development department government of Sindh along with senior management of irrigation department including chief engineer Guddu Barrage Masood Ahmed Seehar and Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Irshad Ahmed Memon visited Guddu and Sukkur Barrages.

The World Bank mission held meeting with senior management of Irrigation department at Guddu Barrage after visiting the different parts of the Guddu barrage and its canals, where rehabilitation work is going on specially changes of the gates of the barrage and canals.

The World Bank mission was briefed about implementing of the Guddu Barrage Rehabilitation Project related with its progressive.

It appreciated with working of the SBIP-Sindh Barrages Improvement Project; the project comprises replacement of 65 gates of main barrage and 25 gates of off taking canals including Ghotki Feeder, Begari Sindh Feeder and Pat Desert Feeder. The project also rehabilitation strengthening the river protection works in order to pass the safe flood discharge of 1.2 million cusecs water and will also negotiate the proper silt management and water regulation.

The mission of World Bank also showed its keen interests in restoration and Rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage which is monumental of Sindh province as well as economic backbone of the country from where seven canals off takes with 1629 branches and minor canals irrigated 70% irrigation command of the Sindh including it feed Kotri barrage.

The World Bank principally already approved the project and provides the financial assistance of USD 160 million for replacement of the critical gates, dragging of the barrage pond area including head reaches of the main canal.

The World Bank also supports the modernization of the barrage with latest facility Technology for the efficient operation and management.

A part of the infrastructure development, the world bank mission also keen to preserve the marine wild life which is mainly indigenous of fishes including rare/ endanger species of its kind of Dolphin family, Known as Indus Blind Dolphin which is only available under this habitat between Guddu and Sukkur particularly under the schools of upstream of Sukkur Barrage up to Lance down bridge. Present population survey shows that population of dolphin is 1419.

The World Bank mission visited the habitat of the Indus Blind Dolphin located up stream of the barrages and witnesses the Dolphins population and appreciated the management of Sindh Wild Life and SBIP team for the proper coordination and support and safe guarding. The World Bank mission travelled on boat in Indus River from lance down bridge to Indus Dolphin Rescue Center. The world Bank mission traveled in Indus River Bed for particular observing/ seeing Indus Dolphin. The World Bank mission during visit saw several available Indus Blind Dolphins and shows keen interest to implementation of conservation and management plan of Indus Dolphin for safe guarding endanger species.

The World Bank mission also visited the rescue center of Indus Dolphin and received briefing from Sindh Wild Life Department and assured for the support for preservation of Indus Blind Dolphin with enhancement of Rescue Center and associated its Infrastructure along with Indus Blind Dolphin Museum with technical and financial support from SBIP Project. The world bank mission focused on the conservation and protection of Indus Blind Dolphins, as it was appreciated by local people as well as and environmental experts.

The World Bank mission also visited the biggest fish Hatchery of the province located Mandodero at Rohahri for the conservation and production of the Indigenous Fish species those are involved in maintaining the local eco-system of Riverine habitat, this hatchery remained ideal and not playing important role for which it was meant. The World Bank assured to provide all support to function as per design.

It remembers that Sindh Province economy growth and its development are directly related to the availability of water and its management at GUddu-Sukkur and Kotri barrages and in this regards the World Bank provided needed support for the sustainability of economy of the province in continuation this the world bank high mission visited the barrages.

According to media and communication specialist of the Sindh Barrages Improvement project -Rehabilitation for Sukkur and Guddu Barrages funded by the World Bank that with completing the rehabilitation work of the Sukkur and Guddu Barrages, the life of the barrages will increase and it will be fruitful results for all inhabitants of Sindh Province. He said that rehabilitation work at Guddu and Sukkur barrages is going on


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