Pakistan: Preparing the Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Investment Program

Project Name
Preparing the Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Investment Program
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Pakistan
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9458-PAK: Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Investment Program
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.40 million
TA 9458-PAK: Preparing the Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Investment Program
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 650,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development

Some gender elements
The proposed investment program will enhance food security and rural economic growth in Punjab province. It will increase the agricultural production by developing a new seasonal irrigation system in Bhakkar, Jhang, Khushab, and Layyah districts of Punjab. The Greater Thal Canal Irrigation scheme will convert about 704,000 hectares of unproductive lands to irrigated lands. The scheme was partially constructed or is planned to be constructed by the government's fund. The proposed investment program will support the construction of the remaining parts covering about 440,000 hectares to complete the development of the scheme and provide support to farmers for on-farm development and management.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The transaction TA will help the government prepare the investment program.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
The TA consultant team has been engaged.
There will be no procurement under the TRTA.


Responsible ADB Officer
Kawamoto, Takatoshi
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development Sector Office (SG-AFNR)
Executing Agencies
Irrigation Department of the Government of Punjab


Concept Clearance
Fact Finding
11 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
26 Sep 2018


TA 9458-PAK

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2017 09 Jan 2018 09 Jan 2018 30 Sep 2019 11 Dec 2022 13 Jun 2023
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,050,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,150,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
09 Sep 2023 1,580,116.00

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