In Islamabad, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved substantial funding of PKR 23.835 billion for the advancement of the Automated Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS).
Under the supervision of Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, a pivotal CDWP meeting was arranged at the P-Block Secretariat. The meeting was conducted to discuss a project named “Installation of Telemetry System for Real-Time Discharge Monitoring at 27 Key Sites on Indus Basin Irrigation System.” The CDWP has approved the project, moving it closer to final approval by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
The modernization plan for IBIS focuses on installing automated telemetry devices at 27 key sites, replacing traditional manual irrigation systems. The project will be funded by the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), with an additional PKR 500 million sponsorship from the Indus River System Authority (IRSA). The IRSA will oversee the project, with the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) responsible for its implementation.
The introduction of this advanced technology ensures quick access to information about water flow and gate positions, helping to overcome control challenges and prevent inter-provincial disputes.
By promoting transparency, fair water distribution, and strict adherence to the Water Apportionment Accord of 1991, this project aims to strengthen relations between provinces.
The successful completion of the project is expected to accelerate social, agricultural, and industrial development in the region. Moreover, from the implementation phase to ongoing maintenance, the project offers numerous employment opportunities. It’s important to focus on the fact that the IRSA, mandated by a 1992 Act of Parliament, plays a key role in regulating and distributing surface waters among provinces in line with the Water Apportionment Accord of 1991.
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