Rawalpindi: The authority concerned recently initiated the land acquisition process for the construction of the Dadhocha Dam — with the work for marking the dam site already having been completed, according to a news source. In addition, the Punjab government has also agreed to allocate funds for the project in the upcoming budget for FY2020-21.
As per the estimates, the construction of the Dadhocha Dam will cost PKR 6.27 billion, and is expected to be completed in three years — with the stipulated timeframe for project completion set for September 2023. Sources also revealed that the dam’s catchment area is 334 square kilometer in size and that it has the capacity to collect 44.6 inches of rainwater every year.
The storage capacity of the Dadhocha Dam is 60,000 acre feet, with a dead level of 15,000 acre feet. The dam is deemed vital to meet the water requirements of Rawalpindi and its adjoining areas, and is expected to supply 25 million gallons of water on a daily basis to Rawalpindi alone.
The dam will feature a state of the art water treatment plant, and for this purpose, the authority concerned has also initiated work on preparing a feasibility study. Additionally, the water reservoir will be 1,230 feet in height and 7,073 feet in length.