Punjab government has prepared a plan to rehabilitate and upgrade the Trimmu and Panjnad barrages on the Chenab River to sustain agricultural production and to increase farm income in seven districts (Jhang, Multan, Vehari, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, and Rahimyar Khan). 

According to Punjab Irrigation Department (PID), government is also negotiating with the Asian Development Bank for financial assistance for Trimmu and Panjnad Barrages Project (TPBP), which supply irrigation water through six main canals. The project will rehabilitate and upgrade these two barrages, and build institutional capacity in flood risk management. 

Trimmu Barrage is located at downstream of the confluence of Jhelum and Chenab Rivers. Its Flood Passing Capacity (FPC) has reduced from originally 18,265 cubic meters per second to 12,743 cubic meters per second. The project will also enhance the FPC to 23,220 cubic meters per second. Panjnad Barrage is located at downstream of confluence point of Sutlej and Chenab Rivers. The project will enhance the barrage’s FPC originally from 19,822 cubic meters per second to 24,495 cubic meters per second. 

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013

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