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Trimmu and Panjnad Barrages Improvement Project (Pakistan)

Pakistan

Titre : Trimmu and Panjnad Barrages Improvement Project (Pakistan)

Pays : Pakistan

Localisation : Trimmu and Panjnad barrages on the Chenab River

Code projet : 47235-001

Secteur : Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Rural flood protection

Date approbation : 22 Sep 2014

Contexte
Irrigated agriculture in Punjab (i) accounts for 28% of Punjab’s gross domestic product (GDP) output ; (ii) employs 54% of the labor force ; (iii) produces 90% of Punjab’s agricultural output ; and (iv) uses more than 90% of the water resources. Punjab’s agricultural GDP is 66% of the national agricultural GDP. Irrigated agriculture is crucial to generating higher incomes and attaining Punjab’s targeted 6% 7% growth rate (3% in 2011-2012). The Punjab Irrigation Department (PID) is responsible for operation and maintenance (O&M), and management of the irrigation system that covers 8.4 million hectares. The PID’s infrastructure has an estimated replacement value of $20 billion.
The irrigation infrastructure in Punjab has seriously deteriorated due to aging (much is nearly 100 years old) and deferred maintenance. The estimated cost of the deferred maintenance of the irrigation system is about $2 billion ; the estimated cost to upgrade the system to modern standards is $3.5 billion. The barrages structural deterioration and increasing water leakage through the gates pose serious risks and unreliable irrigation service delivery to the tail ends of the canals. Farmers have adapted unreliable and inadequate canal water by developing private tubewells. Increasing pumping, declining groundwater depth and saltwater intrusion in the downstream canal areas are causing land degradation, low productivity and high production cost.

Description
Trimmu and Panjnad Barrages Project (TPBP) will rehabilitate and upgrade the Trimmu and Panjnad barrages on the Chenab River, which supply irrigation water to 1.74 million ha through six main canals. The project will (i) rehabilitate and upgrade the two barrages, and (ii) build institutional capacity in flood risk management. Trimmu barrage is located downstream of the confluence of Jhelum and Chenab rivers. Its flood passing capacity (FPC) is reduced from originally 18,265 cubic meters per second (m3s-1) to 12,743 m3s-1. The project will enhance the FPC to 23,220 m3s-1. Panjnad barrage is located downstream of confluence point of Sutlej and Chenab rivers. The project will enhance the barrage’s FPC originally, from 19,822 m3s-1 to 24,495 m3s-1.

Financement : * Loan 3159-PAK : Trimmu and Panjnad Barrages Improvement Project Ordinary capital resources US$ 50.00 million * Loan 3160-PAK : Trimmu and Panjnad Barrages Improvement Project Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund US$ 100.00 million

Asian Development Bank

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