Lahore: The Farmer Organizations (FOs) established by the Punjab Irrigation and Drainage Authority (PIDA) in various Area Water Boards (AWBs) have successfully completed their targets of repair and maintenance of canal outlets in irrigation reform areas. The repair and maintenance of outlets will help improving water supply to tail-ends as well as curtailing of water losses.
This was stated by General Manager PIDA, Mian Maqbool Ahmad during a meeting at his office. DGM (TM) Afzal Anjam Toor, DGM (Operations) Mian Abdul Rasheed, DGM (Social Mobilization) Shaiq Hussain Abadi, Chief Executive of Area Water Boards and other concerned officers attended the meeting. The meeting reviewed in detail the repair and maintenance process of canal outlets and expressed its satisfaction over the pace of development works. The meeting observed that this development work will help the farmers by providing them sufficient water for irrigation purposes.
During the meeting, the representatives of Area Water Boards informed that 2043 outlets in AWB Lower Chenab Canal (East) Circle Faisalabad, 907 outlets in AWB Bahawalnagar Canal Circle, 1016 outlets in AWB Lower Chenab Canal (West) Circle Faisalabad and 37 outlets in AWB Lower Bari Doab Canal Circle Sahiwal have been successfully repaired by concerned FOs. The meeting was also told that Farmer Organizations have been given participation in irrigation management in the Area Water Board of Derajaat Canal Circle, D.G. Khan. These FOs have completed condition survey of distributaries in their area and the process of necessary repair and maintenance will be initiated soon.
The PIDA GM directed the field staff to complete the necessary rehabilitation process of water channels by April 15th.