Quetta: The National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) Private Limited has been awarded the contract for the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Balochistan Water Resources Development Sector Project (BWRDSP), according to news sources. As per the publication, NESPAK managed to land the contract after a nation-wide bidding process, and the agreement involves the design, construction supervision and implementation support for the entire project.
This announcement was made on Wednesday, by Managing Director (MD) NESPAK Dr Tahir Masood. According to the information available, the project aims to support the implementation of the provincial government’s integrated water resources management policy. It also offers a comprehensive framework for Balochistan’s water management issues and development, in the context of basin approach (with water harvesting and groundwater management being integral to watershed management).
This 5-year project also aims to enhance agricultural yield with the development of Siri Toi Dam and extension of 10 irrigation schemes in the Mula and Zhob river basins. Moreover, it will improve irrigation land spanning over 16,592 hectares and benefit about 42,900 farmers in Balochistan.
In another development, a NESPAK-8.2 OZI JV was awarded National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC)’s contract for a feasibility study titled ‘Solar Water Pumping in Balochistan’. This initiative was launched in a bid to bring energy and agricultural reform in Balochistan. This study will be conducted in order to gauge the feasibility of converting 10,000 tube wells (across the province) to solar energy.