Project Name
Preparing Kurram Tangi Integrated Water Resources Development Project
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Pakistan
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9614-PAK: Preparing Kurram Tangi Integrated Water Resources Development Project
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Partnerships
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management

Some gender elements
The proposed SS-KSTA aims to support WAPDA, as the proposed executing agency, to review the existing data and studies, to identify essential design and information gaps, and determine the scope and implementation arrangements for the additional investigations and other engineering, social, and environmental analytical works that are necessary to ensure adequate due diligence. The SS-KSTA is likely to result in the comprehensive proposal for a subsequent transaction TA (TRTA) to undertake any recommended due diligence works, to confirm the viability of the project for ADB financing and to provide inputs into the development of a project concept paper, should the proposed project be considered suitable for ADB financing. As the proposed TA will support additional upstream investigation work before processing a TRTA, a KSTA would be an ideal vehicle.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Ensuring food, water, and energy security is Pakistan's overarching goal. Augmenting the country's critically low water storage capacity is the government's key strategic thrust to achieve this goal. The Kurram Tangi Integrated Water Resources Development Project (KTIWRDP) is one of the priority projects and involves construction of a large rock-fill dam (98-meter high with gross storage of 1.5 billion cubic meters), three hydropower plants with combined capacity of 65 MW, and construction/upgrading of irrigation systems covering 140,000 ha. The government has recently obtained support of the local population (who has long objected to the project in the past) and intends to accelerate the project preparation for financing support from development partners.

A feasibility study was carried out in 2004, and detailed engineering study completed in 2011, both by the consulting firms engaged and funded by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). The project's total cost was estimated at about $600 million. In support of the project preparation, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) carried out in 2013 a comprehensive environmental impact assessment study as the first step of external due diligence review. While confirming technical feasibility of the project, the USAID's assessment revealed several significant design gaps, including possible underrating of probable maximum flood, seismic force, and sediment inflow to the reservoir, and lack of environmental impact assessment on downstream riparian users. Without filling up these critical gaps in due diligence works, WAPDA will not be able to proceed with the necessary project preparatory works.


Access to an adequate availability of water for all, and increased storage capacity in particular

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Additional upstream investment opportunities identified.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Technical, social and environmental gaps in the existing project design identified.

Detailed scope of services identified to address the gaps in existing design along with the resources requirements and estimated costs, such as additional investigation, engineering analyses, and possible modification of detailed engineering design.

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


Responsible ADB Officer
Tayyab, Ahsan
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Water and Power Development Authority


Concept Clearance
Fact Finding
05 Oct 2018
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
30 Oct 2018


TA 9614-PAK

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Oct 2018 - 05 Oct 2018 28 Feb 2019 31 Aug 2020 01 Nov 2020
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 190,662.32
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