Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Water Management Wing has initiated the feasibility study for two new dams, Shadra and Chinot in Islamabad, as per the news published in the national dailies on December 6.
This decision stems from the insufficient capacity of existing water reservoirs, particularly Simly Dam and Khanpur Dam, to cater to the growing demands of the city. As per the details, Shadra Dam is anticipated to significantly augment the capital’s water reservoir, boasting a storage capacity of 6-8 million gallons per day (MGD). Concurrently, Chinot Dam is projected to be a substantial water source, offering a storage capacity ranging between 16-18 MGD. These additions to the city’s water infrastructure are poised to fortify water security and provide a sustainable solution to the capital’s rising water demands.
Currently, the Water Management Wing is in the process of formulating the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the feasibility study—a pivotal step in evaluating the viability and potential impact of the proposed projects. Once the TORs are finalized, the authority will proceed to issue tenders for the feasibility study of these ambitious ventures.
Upon completion of the feasibility study, the subsequent phase will involve issuing tenders for the implementation of new hydro power projects, aiming to derive sustainable energy from these strategic water sources. Approval for the feasibility study will be crucially granted by the CDA Chairman, ensuring alignment with the city’s long-term development goals and environmental sustainability.