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World Bank approves USD188m to rehabilitate Guddu Barrage.

M2 EQUITYBITES-July 7, 2015-World Bank approves USD188m to rehabilitate Guddu Barrage


The World Bank said it has approved USD188 million to improve the reliability and safety of the Guddu Barrage needed due to natural aging of the infrastructure, and to strengthen the Sindh irrigation department's capacity to operate and manage the barrages.

The Guddu Barrage rehabilitation will be carried out under the Sindh Barrages Improvement Project (SBIP). The rehabilitation work will eliminate possible sources of failure and potentially give the structure another 50 years of life.

World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Rachid Benmessaoud said, "Barrages are strategic assets of Sindh and millions of people depend on the water that is controlled, diverted, and managed by them. Their continued operation and management require specialized expertise, experience, decision making, and continuity of operation. In addition to physical rehabilitation of barrage infrastructure, this project will also support the Sindh Government in training and technical assistance in procurement, financial, social and environmental safeguards for operating hydraulic irrigation infrastructure."

The SBIP will support the gate replacement works to improve the regulation and the flow of the barrage, the replacement of all 65 main barrage steel gates, 25 main canal head regulator gates, and hoist gears including all mechanical and electrical equipment. This project will also finance the independent Panel of Experts, who will review, monitor, evaluate, and help guide the rehabilitation process with regards to the safety of the barrage.

The primary beneficiaries include over 2.6 million people, across three million acres of irrigated land in Kashmore, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Sukkur, and Shikarpur districts of Sindh, and Nasirabad and Jafarabad districts of Balochistan, who will receive reliable supply of water, and local communities in flood-vulnerable areas who will benefit from improvement in flood management and reduction in risks of embankment breaches; since the capacity of the barrage to pass flood waters will improve.

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