Ahmed Khan Khushik
SUKKUR. Speaking to the launching ceremony of rehabilitation and modernization of 90 years old Sukkur Barrage, World Bank Task Team leader Mr Francois Onimus said that Sukkur Barrage was one of the Oldest Barrage in Pakistan and in context of climate change, the modernization and rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage, it would bear more flow and capacity of water and floods in coming years and its all components will be rehabilitated through Sindh Barrages Improvement Project of Sindh government. He said that with the span of four years, this modernization and rehabilitation of Sukkur barrage will be completed.
He was speaking to the launching ceremony of restoration and upgrading of 90 years old Sukkur Barrage was held at the main barrage in Sukkur town on Wednesday.
Task team leader World Bank Mr Francois Onimus, and Project Director of Sindh Barrages Improvement Project of Irrigation department Mr Ghulam Mohi u Ddin Mughal performed the launching ceremony of the S-1 package for restoration and Upgradation of Sukkur Barrage.
WB team members Ms Thiruni Liyanaga Co-Task Team leader, Mr Shafiq Hussain, Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Syed Sardar Ali Shah also attended the ceremony program.
Speaking to the launching ceremony, WB TTL Mr Francois Onimus said that its all 66 gates would be replaced and its civil and mechanical components will be rehabilitated.
He said that this is 90 years old Sukkur Barrage has positive aspects through its rehabilitation and modernization of the Sukkur barrage.
He said that Pakistan but soecially Sindh province was facing climate change and floods happening in Sindh hence Sukkur barrage and Indus River System will be remain more strong. He said that farmers of Sindh will be benifited through this rehabilitation and modernization of Sukkur barrage.
Project Director Ghulam Mohi u ddin Mughal said that with a total cost of 34 billion dollors World Bank Funded revised PC-1, the rehabilitation and modernization of Sukkur barrage was started.
He said that with a cost of 16.6 billion rupees the S-1 package was started in which the restoration and upgradation work would be completed.
He said that it was historic event to launch a ceremony of S-1 package to rehabilitate and upgradation of the Sukkur barrage under Sindh Barrages Improvement Project funded by World Bank. He said that Sukkur barrage has already passed its span and it was a great task to rehabilitate and modernize the Sukkur Barrage. He said that through modernization and rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage, the all issues and problems will be end at its off taking canals and main barrage.
He said that Sukkur barrage has seven off taking canals and it has 9.2 million acres of cultivable command areas. He said that economy of Sindh will be boost through modernization of Sukkur Barrage.
He said that through replacing of gates, the proper water would be distributed without any hindrances of silt issues.
He said that project development objective is to strengthen the Sindh Irrigation departments capacity to effectively rehabilitate, operate and manage the Sukkur Barrage.
The program was attended by Director Mechanical Iqbal Palejo, Director irrigation Abdul Razak Memon, Technical officer Imran Aziz Tunio, Deputy Director Project Sajid Hussain Bhutto of Sindh Barrages improvement Project and UN FAO representative Ahmed Junaid Memon.
WB mission led by Mr Francois Onimus and Its team members Ms Thiruni Liyanaga, Mr Shafiq Hussain visited the Several Components and Rice canal.
Earlier, Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Syed Sardar Ahmed Shah briefing to WB mission at Sukkur Barrage said that the Sukkur barrage passed 1.2 million cusecs of water in 2010 floods and 0.6 million cusecs water passed through the floods from Sulkur Barrage in 2022.
He said that the structures and main gates of barrage and its off taking canals was nececssrary to rehabilitate and modernize as its bearing and flow capacity of water will increase. He said that agriculture and irrigation sectors will be improved.
Technical officer Sindh Barrages Improvement Project Imran Aziz Tunio said that all operating systems of 66 gates, and its hoisting system will be changed and it will increase the 50 years life of the barrage. He said that new feasibility study for locations also would be conducted to construct new Sukkur barrage as well as. He said that modernization of monitoring and surveillance will be improved.
Chief resident engineer John prytherch said that following the climate change in Pakistan said that this would be benifited for the agriculture sector and People of Sindh to farm their land after rehabilitation and modernization of Sukkur barrage.
Environmental WB safe guard mission
Another WB safe guard mission led by Mr Takeaki Sato an environmentalist specialist, Mr Imran ul Haq and deputy director environment SBIP Dr Ali Asghar Mahisar visited the Sukkur and Guddu Barrages and inspected the environmentalist issues. On that occasion
Mr Takeaki Sato said that conservation of Indus Blind Dolphin and Environmental management plan for Sukkur and Guddu barrages under SBIP were followed.