Water wing of the Ministry of Water Resources holds pivotal responsibility in the Ministry. This wing deals with the policy matters relating to water and hydropower sector in the country, particularly where Federal funding is involved. The input of the Wing is provided to the Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources for decision making.
The Wing is headed by a Joint Secretary (Water) and comprises a Deputy Secretary and three Section Officers plus an Assistance Chief (Development).
The ongoing projects, being dealt with by the Water Wing at policy level, relate to development of new and rehabilitation of existing hydropower projects, dams, main canals and the respective distributary systems, drains, flood protection works etc.
Similarly, the Water Wing also attends to the matters referred by the water sector executing agencies including WAPDA and the Provincial Irrigation Departments concerning approvals of the new schemes, financial and technical monitoring of the ongoing projects to ensure timely completion of the projects.
Besides, the matters relating to inter-provincial water distribution and the transboundary water aspects are also looked after by the Water Wing through the Indus River System Authority and the office Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters, respectively.
According to the Public Sector Development Program 2018-19 of Government of Pakistan, Rs. 63.670637 billion have been allocated for ongoing water sector projects including the allocations for Diamer Basha and Mohmand dams, whereas Rs. 1.456128 billion for the new schemes.
Similarly, in the hydropower sector the allocations for the ongoing and new projects made in the PSDP 2018-19 are Rs. 135.255505 billion and Rs. 0.387 billion, respectively. The funds for these allocations would come from foreign loans and WAPDA’s own sources/equity.
Functions of Water Wing are as below:
- Coordination on implementation of National Water Policy
- Preparation of Annual Public Sector Development Budget for water sector projects
- Scrutinising and recommending releases for the demands forwarded by the executing agencies for release of funds by the Finance Division
- Scrutinising and forwarding the new projects (PC-1) to the Planning Commission for approval of the competent forum
Operational matters relating to:
- Pakistan Water And Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
- Indus River System Authority (IRSA)
- Office of Chief Engineering Advisor/Chairman Federal Flood Commission (CEA/CFFC)
- Office of Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters (PCIW)
Coordination with the Federal Line Ministries and Provincial Governments facilitating the executing agencies on project’s administrative, financial and security matters
All matter relating to processing of plan (annual, short, medium and long term), PC-Is and PC-IIs, concept clearance through various forums like Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP), Central Development Working Party (CDWP), Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), Council of Common Interests (CCI), Cabinet Committees, Parliamentary Standing Committees of National Assembly and Senate, etc.
Complaints/public grievances related to water sector.