The World Bank Board of Directors will discuss the Sindh Barrages Improvement Project in Pakistan on Friday, June 19. Upon approval, this project will receive a total of $188 million from the World Bank for a grand total of $208 million.
The Project Development Outcome is to improve the reliability and safety of the Guddu barrage and strengthen the Sindh Irrigation Department’s capacity to operate and manage the barrage. The project consists of three different components:
- Rehabilitation of the Guddu Barrage
- Improved Barrage Operation
- Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation
Three large barrages were built between 1932 and 1962 on the Indus River in Sindh Province. The northern one, Guddu barrage, has developed major safety issues. The second one, Sukkur Barrage, is one of the oldest and serves about three million ha of agricultural land. Over the decades, it has also developed safety issues. Repairs on the Sukkur barrage are being carried out regularly. The last barrage (most southerly), the Kotri barrage, was rehabilitated in 2000. This project will finance rehabilitation of the Guddu Barrage.