ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate work on the 115-kilometer-long Jalapur Sharif Irrigation Project (JIP) at a ceremony in Jhelum tomorrow (Thursday).
According to reports, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry and senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen will attend the event.
The project is a new non-perennial irrigation system for enhancing the agricultural produce in Pindadan Khan and Khaushab areas. It was being funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with a loan amounting to Rs32.7 billion.
The concept of providing irrigation supplies to this area has been in consideration since 1930. According to PTI leader Nazar Gondal, the idea of a canal at this site was first introduced during British rule in 1898.
JIP was originally planned by the previous government of the PML-N in Punjab. Then Punjab Minister for Irrigation Amanat Ullah Khan Shadikhel had said that the project would enhance agricultural production by providing irrigation supplies to 170,000 acres.
The proposed canal will originate from the left bank of Rasul Barrage and will be 115 kilometers long with a designed discharge of 1,350 cusecs. It will underpass the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-2) and a culvert has already been provided for that.
The canal will have a distribution system of 23 distributary channels, 10 minor canals and more than 780 hydraulic structures of various kinds.