The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has awarded a Rs. 156.226 million consultancy contract to a joint venture headed by NESPAK for feasibility study, detailed engineering design, preparation of tender documents and PC-I for the multipurpose Murunj Dam Project, describing the work as a major development for harnessing scarce water resources in Southern Punjab
WAPDA General Manager (Hydro Planning) Muhammad Amin and NESPAK General Manger (Water and Agriculture) Javed Munir signed the agreement on behalf of WAPDA and the joint venture respectively in a ceremony held at WAPDA House.
Murunj Dam Project will be constructed across Kaha Nullah, which is one of the largest hill torrents of the Koh-e-Sulaiman Range located in the vicinity of Rajanpur with average annual inflows of 183,000 acre feet. The available water resources are very scarce in Rajanpur and adjoining areas, whihch face acute shortage of fresh water for drinking and agriculture.
Murunj Dam Project has three main objectives – storage of water for irrigated agriculture and drinking purpose, flood mitigation and power generation. The project will have gross water storage of 800,000 acre feet and a power capacity of 12MW. Annual monsoon rains give rise to flashy hill torrents causing inundation of thousands of acres of land in the adjoining foothills and rendering damages to public property and cultivated land each year.