Lower Chenab Canal


Duration: January 2007 – January 2016 (109 Months)
Client: Irrigation Department, Faisalabad
Funding: Japan International Co-Operation Agency (JICA)
JV / Association: NESPAK (Lead), NDC (JV)
Consultancy Fee: USD 10.38 Million (Rs. 1,088.53  Million)

Project Components:

Lower Chenab Canal System is a major irrigation network providing irrigation water supplies to cultivators in seven districts of Punjab, i.e. Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Hafizabad, Nankana Sahib, Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh and covers a command area of 3.03 million acres (1.23 million Ha) in the above districts. This is the oldest irrigation system in this part of Punjab with more than a century old structures and appurtenances.

The system has been overstressed as the command area increased with passage of time and a number of tube wells under SCARP, decommissioned. As a result, the system had to be run of rotation basis due to shortage of supplies. At the same time, a number of structures having spent their useful life, needed to be replaced, reconstructed or rehabilitated.

NESPAK, working in the realm of NDP, made a study on availability of water at head of the system. As a result of this study, it was concluded that a supply of about 15,528 cusec (439.70 cumec) was available during Kharif season, the time of maximum demand and the same could be diverted into the system against the existing 12,243 cusec (346.68 cumec). For that the whole system needed to be studied and corrective measures such as rehabilitation/replacement of structures and rehabilitation/re-section of canal prisms, needed to be taken. The Project addresses these measures and cover raising and strengthening of canal banks included bank protections, remodeling/reconstruction of hydraulic structures such as falls, cross regulators and head regulators etc. or branch canals/escapes and head regulator for minors, falls and meter flumes on distributaries, construction of new/replacement bridges, lining of distributaries/ minors, renovation/replacement of buildings, construction of cattle ghats and drain inlets. The total estimated cost of the project is USD 118.79million (Rs.12,452.892 million).

In addition to the above, the project was financed through JAPAN INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION AGENCY (JICA) vide Loan Agreement No. PK-P53.