Tarbela sediment comes under focus


An agreement was signed between Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Mott MacDonald, a UK-based engineering firm, to conduct sediment management study for Tarbela reservoir. The study aims at exploring various options to evacuate sediments from the reservoir to tackle the issue of decreasing water storage capacity in the reservoir because of the natural phenomenon of sedimentation. The study will be completed in one year and three months with a cost of about $3.0 million. The World Bank is providing funds for the study through its Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services Project (WCAP). Tarbela Dam Project General Manager Hazrat Umar signed the agreement on behalf of WAPDA while Waseem Nazir and Pervez Anjum on behalf of the foreign firm.