Water resources are fundamental to our sustainable socio-economic development, balanced ecosystems and for human survival itself: Moonis Elahi

Islamabad October 27th, 2021: 

Islamabad, October 27, 2021,: Federal Minister for Water Resources ,Moonis Elahi, today presided over a meeting with Chairman WAPDA in Ministry of Water Resources, , therein he was briefed about the development portfolio of WAPDA and the progress achieved so far on water and hydropower projects.

 Speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister underscored the significance of water resources as they are fundamental to our sustainable socio-economic development, balanced ecosystems and for human survival itself. That is why, the Federal Government is constructing water and hydropower projects in the country to improve water situation and increase the ratio of hydel electricity in the National Grid, he added.

he expressed, WAPDA is constructing more than 10 Projects in water and hydropower sectors under ‘Decade of Dams’. These projects, including Diamer Basha Dam, Mohmand Dam, Dasu Hydropower Project, Nai Gaj Dam, Sindh Barrage and K-IV Project are scheduled to be completed one by one. On completion of these projects, gross water storage capacity will increase from 13 MAF to more than 24 MAF with an addition of 11.7 MAF, sufficient to irrigate another 1.6 Million Acres of land and provide 950 million gallons per day for drinking purpose to Karachi and Peshawar. The installed hydel generation capacity will be doubled to cross 18000 MW with an addition of 9000 MW. These projects will also provide about 35,000 job opportunities during the construction, the Minister said.The Federal Minister reaffirmed that WAPDA would be able to complete these projects according to their timelines. He reiterated  that Water Resources Ministry would play its due role in completion of WAPDA Projects on time.


CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah should stop water theft in Sindh instead of leveling baseless allegations against Punjab: Moonis Elahi

Islamabad August 24th, 2021: 

IRSA is equal guard of water interests of all provinces, someone providing wrong data about water to CM Sindh, he should not give importance to their saying, even after improvement in water situation Punjab is still 4% less and Sindh 0% water shortage

Federal Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi’s reaction to Sindh Chief Minister’s recent allegation of Sindh getting less water

Lahore: 24-08-2021: Federal Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi has said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah should stop water theft in Sindh instead of leveling baseless allegations against Punjab, CM Sindh has recently leveled allegation against IRSA for providing water for early Kharif Sindh 35% as compared to Punjab which is totally contrary to the reality.

Stating the facts Moonis Elahi said that this year because of less rains, low temperatures in Northern Areas and delayed melting of snow, 10.94 MAF less water in early Kharif was obtained than usual became available, due to this less than normal water was available to Sindh province and Punjab province up to June for agricultural purposes but during last three months improvement of water situation in the rivers and even still Punjab is getting 4% less water in the fields still whereas Sindh is facing 0% shortage situation.

He said that Chief Minister Sindh should remember that river ways in Punjab are 2600 miles and comparatively only 600 miles long in Sindh whereas quite surprisingly from 2004 to 2019 in bigger province Punjab loss of water on average was only 4% whereas in Sindh it was recorded at 29%, for eliminating baseless and exaggerated reporting of water wastage and for ensuring equitable distribution of water among the provinces the federal government is taking measures for installation of telemetric system at 17 most important points on Indus Basin.

Federal Minister Moonis Elahi has requested Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah not to give importance to the saying of those sources who are providing him wrong facts and figures, currently major problems of Pakistan are climate change, increasing population, lessening of rivers water and underground water and we all have to tackle these problems together. Moonis Elahi said that I will fully try as the Minister for Water Resources to eliminate water problems confronting the country along with all provinces.


Mr. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, kicked off construction work of Diamer Basha Dam Project on 15-07-2020

Islamabad July 15th, 2020: 

Prime Minister Imran Khan kicked off the construction work at Diamer-Bhasha Dam on 15-07-2020 at River Indus near Chillas. The dam will produce 4,500 MW hydel power. The 272-metre high dam, having storage capacity of 6.4 million acre feet of water will be the country’s third big dam after Tarbela and Mangla dams.

Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam a “window of development and opportunities for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan”.“Diamer-Bhasha Dam will change the fate of locals and bring immense development in the area,” the prime minster said while addressing a public rally, after he commencing the mega construction work of the dam.”

 Minister for Water Resources, Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt General Faiz Hameed and Special Assistant on Information Gen ® Asim Saleem Bajwa and many other Officers were present at the occasion.


Islamabad July 13th, 2020: 

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on water resources management between Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Govt. of Hungary on 13th July, 2020. Secretary Water Resources Mr. Muhammad Ashraf and Hungarian Ambassador H.E. Mr. IstvánSzabó, signed the documents on behalf of their respective Governments.

 Federal Minister for Water Resources Mr. Faisal Vawda, Chairman WAPDA Lt. Gen. MuzammalHussain (Retd.), Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters, Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah, Chairman IRSA Engr. Zahid Abbas, and Chief Federal Flood Commission Mr. Ahmed Kamal were present at the signing ceremony.

 The purpose of the MoU is to establish a framework for cooperation between the parties in the field of water management on basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefits.  The salient features of the MoU, inter alia, include cooperation on integrated water resources management, waste water management and water related education research and development. Both countries pledged to strengthen their partnership in the water sector to undertake mutually beneficial projects.

 The Hungarian Ambassador & Minister for Water Resources applauded the efforts of the government officials and exchanged views regarding opening new horizons of technical and economic cooperation at length after the signing ceremony.

WAPDA signed the Contract Agreement for construction of Diamer Basha Dam Project on 13th May 2020

Islamabad May 13th, 2020: 

WAPDA has signed Contract Agreement for construction of Diamer Basha Dam Project on 13th May 2020, with Power China-FWO Joint Venture (JV). The worth of the agreement is Rs. 442 billion. The agreement includes construction of diversion system, main dam, access bridge and 21 MW-Tangir Hydropower Project.

 Chief Executive Officer, Diamer Basha Dam Company, Mr. Amir Bashir Chaudhry and Mr. Yang Jiandu, representative of the JV signed the agreement on behalf of WAPDA and the JV respectively. Mr. Muhammad Faisal Vawda, Federal Minister for Water Resources, Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of China in Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Ashraf, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Lt Gen (Retd) Muzammil Hussain, Chairman WAPDA, Lt Gen Moazzam Ejaz, Engineer-in-Chief, Pakistan Army and Maj Gen Kamal Azfar, DG FWO were also present on the occasion.

Addressing to the ceremony, Federal Minister for Water Resources congratulated WAPDA and Power China-FWO JV, saying that today’s event is a good omen for construction of much-needed dams in Pakistan. He said that construction of Diamer Basha Dam will commence in a few weeks. He added that Diamer Basha Dam is a phenomenal project to ensure water, food and energy security in Pakistan. Dilating upon the developments of water sector by the incumbent Federal Government, the Minister said that after Mohmand Dam, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in May last year, Diamer Basha Dam is the second mega multi-purpose dam that is to be started in a span of just one year which is unprecedented in Pakistan’s history.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman WAPDA stated that the project will go a long way for economic development and social uplift of the country. He reiterated that WAPDA is committed to complete this mega project in accordance with the stipulated timelines to cope with the increasing water and electricity requirement in the country. Diamer Basha Dam Project, with a total financial outlay of about Rs. 1406.5 billion, will be completed in 2028. The total financial outlay includes land acquisition, resettlement, confidence building measures for social uplift of the locals, construction of dam and power houses. The Project has a storage capacity of 6.4 million acre feet (MAF) and power generation capacity of 4500 megawatt (MW), with annual generation of 18.1 billion units of electricity per annum.

Chinese Ambassador Mr. Yao Jing, Pakistan Army Engineer-in-Chief Lt Gen Moazzam Ejaz and Power China Chairman Mr. Yan Zhi Yong also expressed their views during the ceremony.

It is pertinent to mention that WAPDA has already awarded contract of Rs. 27.182 billion, for consultancy services of the project to Diamer Basha Consultants Group (DBCG). The consultancy agreement includes construction design, construction supervision and contract administration of Diamer Basha Dam Project.

The JV DBCG comprises of 12 top-ranked national and international  consulting firms namely NESPAK (Pakistan), Associate Consulting Engineers(Pakistan), Mott MacDonald Pakistan (Pakistan), Poyry (Switzerland), Montgomery Watson and Harza (MWH) International – Stantec (USA), Dolsar Engineering (Turkey), Mott McDonald International (England), China Water Resources Beifang Investigation, Design and Research Company (China), Mirza Associates Engineering Services (Pakistan), Al-Kasib Group of Engineering Services (Pakistan), Development Management Consultant (Pakistan) and MWH Pakistan (Pakistan) with NESPAK as the lead firm. These firms have a vast experience of providing consultancy services for mega water projects the world over.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan chaired a briefing on May 11, 2020 on National water security strategy and construction of dams to meet agricultural as well as energy requirements of the country

Islamabad May 11th, 2020: 

Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan chaired a briefing on May 11, 2020 on National water security strategy and construction of dams to meet agricultural as well as energy requirements of the country. The meeting was attended by Minister for Water Resources Mr. Mohammad Faisal Wada, Minister for Planning Mr. Asad Umar, Minister for Information Senator Shibli Faraz, Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan, Mr. Ali Amin Gandapur, SAPM for Information, Lt. Gen (R) Asim Bajwa, Muhammad Ashraf, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Chairman WAPDA Lt. Gen (R) Muzammil Hussain and other senior officers. The Prime Minister was briefed in detail about the progress of resolution of all pending issues related to construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam. The Prime Minister was informed that as per his directions all issues related to this critically important project, including settlement, detailed roadmap for mobilization of financial resources etc., have been resolved and the project was ready for commencement of physical work. The meeting was informed that Diamer Bhasha Dam project had remained stuck for decades due to various reasons.


The construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam will create 16500 jobs and will utilize huge quantity of cement and steel which will give boost to our industry besides its main purposes of water storage of 6.4 MAF and producing 4500 MW of affordable electricity for meeting energy requirements of the country. The 6.4 MAF water storage capacity of the dam will reduce the current water shortage in the country of 12 MAF to 6.1 MAF. It will add 35 years to the life of Tarbela dam by reducing sedimentation. It was informed that an amount of Rs. 78.5 billion will be spent for social development of the area around Diamer Bhasha Dam as part of the project. It will also be a major source of flood mitigation and will save billions worth of damages caused by flood each year.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far and directed to immediately start construction activities of the dam. The Prime Minister said that ensuring water security was the foremost priority of the present government. He said that besides optimum utilization of the available water resources for agricultural needs, construction of dams in the country would help meet energy requirements at affordable rate. The Prime Minister directed that use of local material and expertise be accorded priority during the construction work which will provide huge job opportunities to our people. It will also boost construction and related industry and will provide a huge stimulus to our economy.  Chairman WAPDA briefed the meeting about progress of ongoing construction of Mohmand Dam that started recently. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of work. The Prime Minister was also apprised of the progress on resolution of pending issued related to Dasu Dam project. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far and directed to ensure expeditious commencement of the critical Dasu Hydropower project. The Prime Minister was briefed by WAPDA that funds have been arranged for Naulong Dam, district Jhal magsi Balochistan and that the work will commence next year. The Prime Minister emphasized on starting Sindh Barrage as a priority project. Sindh Barrage has huge benefits of addressing agriculture needs of the province, it will stop erosion of soil from sea water and will also improve drinking water situation for urban centers of Sindh. The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Water Resources and WAPDA for pursuing projects passionately to realize our dream of self-reliance in food security, industry and exports. He also reiterated his emphasis on keeping a close watch on quality of work and meeting the timelines.


Federal Minister of Water Resources chaired a high level meeting

Islamabad June 26th, 2019: 

This was the crux of an annual coordination session of the federal and provincial authorities held on Wednesday, 26th June 2019, under Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Water Resources to review preparedness for 2019-Monsoon Season.

The meeting presided over by the Minister for Water Resources, Muhammad Faisal Vawda, noted with concern that the encroachments in the river waterways besides major Nullahs by the public masses in Provinces are so frequent and in such magnitude that even the low floods create havoc in the communities the recent example of this is the case of 105,000 cusecs outflow from Jhelum River at Mangla. He urged the provinces and federal line agencies for prompt approval of their respective Flood Plain management Acts and their strict enforcement to prevent the encroachment in the waterways on permanent basis.

Head, Flood Forecasting Division, PMD, Lahore apprised the meeting that this year’s monsoon rains will be normal with above normal rains expected in Northern Areas (GB, KP, Punjab, AJ&K) which coupled with westerly incursion and snow melt may result into an extreme flood event.

The meeting expressed dissatisfaction over the late submission of priority flood protection projects by the provincial governments and hence their late implementation. The Secretary Ministry of Water Resources urged the provinces and federal agencies for timely submission of PC-Is of emergent nature flood protection projects being funded through the federal Government PSDP so that their timely approval and implementations can be ensured in the best public interest towards protection from floods.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Ashraf, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Chief Engineering Adviser & Chairman Federal Flood Commission and other senior officials of the related federal and provincial government organizations, including representative from Pak Army to discuss all issues related to 2019 flood preparedness.

All the stakeholders briefed the meeting on pre-emptive measures taken to minimize the effects of damages in the event of occurrence of floods. The Federal Minister for Water Resources, Mr. Muhammad Faisal Vawda directed all concerned to remain vigilant with reinforced and round-the-clock coordination throughout the monsoon season. Meeting was further informed that PMD’s and WAPDA’s related equipments are fully functional.

WASA Rawalpindi and District Government, Rawalpindi were directed for the complete clearing of Lai Nullah beds/ sides at critical locations from waste material dumped by the locals and also removal of encroachment at different places in compliance with the early warning system installed.

In view of forecast of rains and expected urban flooding, the provinces were advised to be fully vigilant and clear all storm drains in cities and towns especially in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad etc.


Prediction of Widespread Rain

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a press release that a strong rain bearing system is likely to grip southern parts of the country on Friday, March 01, 2019 and may persist in upper parts till Monday, March 04, 2019 (morning). Under the influence of this weather system:

  • Widespread rain-thunderstorm (with few moderate to isolated heavy falls & snowfall over the hills) with strong gusty winds also expected in Punjab from Friday, March 01, 2019 (night) to Monday, March 04, 2019 (morning). Heavy falls may cause flash flooding in hill torrents of DG Khan from Friday (evening/night) to Saturday.

In this connection, a notification from Punjab Disaster Management Authority on February 26, 2019 has been issued.

Click here for  Notification


 Visit of Australian High Commissioner HE Ms Margret Adamson

Islamabad December 20th, 2018: 

Australian High Commissioner HE Ms Margret Adamson called on the Secretary, Water Resources to discuss the future steps for implementation of actions agreed in the MoU on Water Resources Management. Both the sides agreed to share with each other nominees for constituting the Joint Advisory Committee and work out Annual Work Plan to achieve the objectives set out in the MOU.

The Australian High Commissioner informed that the Australian Experts from Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) will be visiting Pakistan during early next year which will engage with provincial Agriculture departments and also with the Ministry of Water Resources.


Visit of Task Team Leader – WCAP

Islamabad October 24th, 2018: 

Dr. William Young, Visiting Task Team Leader, World Bank had a meeting with Syed Muhammad Mehr Ali Shah, Joint Secretary (Water)/Project Director (WCAP) to review the progress of Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services Project (WCAP).


MOU on Water Resources Management signed between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Government of Australia

Islamabad September 18th, 2018: 
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Water Resources Management between Islamic Republic of Pakistan andGovernment of Australia has been signed on 18-09-2018 by Mr. Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and H.E. Margaret Adamson, High Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan. The activities envisaged in this document of cooperation will open new horizons of cooperation between the two countries, particularly to improve Water Resources Management inter-alia in the following areas:

  1. River Basin Management (including basin planning, hydrology and hydrometeorology and ground water management);
  2. Water for Food and Agriculture;
  3. Water for Energy (including water for hydropower and industry);
  4. Water for Cities (including design for water sensitive cities);
  5. Water for the Environment (including healthy rivers, environmental flows, natural infrastructure and ecosystem maintenance);
  6. Water-related policy and institutional evolution, gender, valuing water, water use efficiency, watershed and water quality management, river/reservoir sediment management, rain-water harvesting, water situation & reuse of
    waste-water, water data, water sharing/allocation, addressing water insecurity, water infrastructure financing, private sector engagement, and public-private partnerships;
  7. Drinking water (including aspects of drinking water quality) and other domains of co-operation as may be mutually approved;
  8. Riverine, flash and urban flood management;
  9. Early warning system related to natural disasters associated to hydro-meteorological/extreme climate events;

Establishment of PM -CJ Fund for Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam

Islamabad September 9th, 2018: The Prime Minister has been pleased to call for public donations for Prime Minister – Chief Justice fund for Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam. The funds details are as under:
Bank:     State Bank of Pakistan
Account No:       03-593-299999-001-4
IBAN:    PK06SBPP0035932999990014
Online link for Donation: Please Click here
Ref:Prime Minister’s Office Letter No.11(9)/2018-Admn Dated 9th September,2018

Ministry of Water Resources to Donate Money from their salaries for Construction of Dams

Islamabad July 11th, 2018: Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s initiative regarding contribution toward Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams Fund the officers and staff of Ministry of Water Resources and office of Chairman Federal Flood Commission in a meeting under the chairmanship of Secretary Ministry of Water Resources decided to volunteer following humble contribution:

  1. Secretary, Water Resources volunteered to contribute his 15-day pay.
  2. All the officers (BS-17 & above) of the Ministry and the Federal Flood Commission volunteered to contribute their 3-day pay.
  3. The staff members (BS-1 to 16) of the Ministry and the Federal Flood Commission will contribute their 1-day salary toward the fund.


Islamabad April 26th, 2018: The ECNEC in its meeting held on 26 April 2018 approved Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project at a total cost of Rs. Rs. 309.558 billion including FEC component of Rs. 71.548 billion.

The Secretary Ministry of Water Resources Mr. Shamail Ahmad Khawaja apprised the forum about the Project’s financing plan according to which the cost of dam attributable to water sector and agricultural benefits is Rs. 114,285 million which will require funding from the Federal PSDP as a grant whereas the remaining amount of the project which is Rs. 195.273 billion for power generation component will be arranged in the form of WAPDA’s equity and local and foreign commercial financing.

The forum chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan approved the project according to the above stated financing strategy.

Sr. No. Item Quantity
1. Catchment Area 13,650 km2
2. Dam Type Concrete Faced Rock-fill Dam (CFRD)
3. Dam Height 203 m
4. Design Flood 968,575 cusec
5. Live Storage 0.676 MAF
6. Installed Capacity 800 MW
7. Annual Energy 2,862 GWh
8. Plant Factor 40.84%

Irrigation BenefitsLeft Bank

Right Bank

9,013 acre; (through 116 cusec canal)

7,716 acre; (through 116 cusec canal)

10. Drinking Water for Peshawar 460 cusec capacity for water supply
11. Implementation Period 86 months, including 12 months for Defect Liability Period (DLP) and further 6 months for closure of the project