The Asian Development Bank will provide a soft loan of $50 million for the rehabilitation of 23 storage dams and 95 flood/irrigation-related schemes in Balochistan.
The ADB jointly with the provincial government of Balochistan is launching a project worth $56.8 million for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Flood Affected Irrigation Infrastructure in Balochistan, an official source told ProPakistani.
The main purpose of the project is to reconstruct and rehabilitate the flood-affected irrigation infrastructure to ensure flood safety in the future and to provide the irrigation water supply to the command area of the damaged structures across the whole of Balochistan province. A total of 82,070 acres of command area will be irrigated after the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the sub-projects, while a total of 540,889 people will get benefited.
The total cost of the project is US$ 56.8 million (Rs. 12,500 million), of which 88 percent will be provided by ADB as a soft loan at the rate of 1 percent while the remaining 12 percent is by the Government of Balochistan.
The ADB will provide $50 million for the project, while the remaining will be funded by the government of Balochistan, the source added.
GoB share is provided to cover taxes, salaries of government staff posted in the Project, and land acquisition (for flood management structures) and contingencies (partially), said the source.
The proposed project comprises 118 sub-projects which include the rehabilitation of 23 storage dams, the rehabilitation of 20 flood and perennial irrigation sub-projects, 2 flood management sub-projects, and the rehabilitation of 73 flood protection sub-projects (37 priority and 36 supplementary sub-projects).
Overall 82 sub-projects are enlisted in the priority list with an estimated cost of $45 million. These will be scrutinized using detailed design and the following criteria:
- The sub-projects which do not fall in the selection criteria or do not qualify the technical, economic, and or safeguards guidelines will get dropped
- In replacement, the sub-projects from the supplementary list will be taken up and evaluated based on the selection criteria and design guidelines.
- The process of selection and implementation will continue until the allocated $ 45 million is not fully utilized.