Pakistan: Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Project
The proposed project will support the construction of the Choubara branch of the Greater Thal Canal irrigation scheme covering around 119,000 hectares, along with support for on-farm command area development (CAD) for the Main Canal, Mankera and Choubara area and capacity development of the government entities and water users for efficient water uses and management, improved agricultural practices and sustainability of infrastructure. The Main Canal and the Mankera branch covering about 144,000 hectares of command areas have been constructed by the Government in 2009. The proposed project is designed as the first project of potential phased-support for sequentially completing the development of the entire GTC scheme.
Central and West Asia Department
Request for information
- Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
|Project Name||Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The proposed project will support the construction of the Choubara branch of the Greater Thal Canal irrigation scheme covering around 119,000 hectares, along with support for on-farm command area development (CAD) for the Main Canal, Mankera and Choubara area and capacity development of the government entities and water users for efficient water uses and management, improved agricultural practices and sustainability of infrastructure. The Main Canal and the Mankera branch covering about 144,000 hectares of command areas have been constructed by the Government in 2009. The proposed project is designed as the first project of potential phased-support for sequentially completing the development of the entire GTC scheme.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project will contribute to enhancing food security and rural economic growth in Punjab Province. It will increase the agricultural production of the project area by developing a new irrigation system. The Greater Thal Canal (GTC) irrigation scheme will convert about 704,000 hectares of arid or semi-arid lands in Bhkkar, Jhang, Muzaffargarh, Khushab and Layyab districts of Punjab to irrigated productive lands.|
Food security increased.
Rural poverty in Punjab reduced.
|Outcome||Agricultural production in the project area increased.|
Irrigation system infrastructure developed
On-farm command area developed in the Main Canal, Mankera and Choubara branch areas with enhanced capacity stakeholders including the PAD and beneficiaries
PID's institutional system for irrigation scheme and water resource management strengthened
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is likely to be categorized A for environment. The categorization, potential impacts and mitigation measures will be assessed, and EIA including the EMP will be prepared during the project preparation.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project is likely to be categorized A for involuntary resettlement. Necessary due diligence and documentation will be conducted during project preparation.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project is likely to be categorized C for indigenous peoples. The categorization will be assessed during the project preparation.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Stakeholders will be duly consulted during the project preparation.|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholders will be duly consulted during the project implementation.|
|Consulting Services||Project implementation management consultant teams comprising national experts will be engaged through a firm by the PID and PAD (one each). The packages will be procured through a quality- and cost-based selection method. All procurement and consultant recruitment will be conducted in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions.|
|Procurement||All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). Major civil works contracts include irrigation canals, i.e., main branch canal, distributary and minor canals, gated regulators, associated structures and field office buildings. Open competitive bidding (international) will be used for civil works contracts estimated to cost $10 million or more, and goods contracts valued at $10 million or higher. Request for quotations will be used for contracts for procurement of works and equipment worth less than $200,000.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Totsuka, Natsuko|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD|
Irrigation Department of the Government of Punjab
c/o Superintending Engineer
Link Canal Circle, Canal Bank
Mughalpur, Lahore, Pakistan
|Concept Clearance||11 Dec 2017|
|Fact Finding||05 Feb 2020 to 19 Feb 2020|
|MRM||15 Sep 2021|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||28 Feb 2020|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Project: Updated Environmental Impact Assessment||Environmental Impact Assessments||Sep 2021|
|Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Project: Resettlement Plan||Resettlement Plans||Aug 2021|
|Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Project: Safeguards Due Diligence Report and Corrective Action Plan||Safeguards Due Diligence Reports||Aug 2021|
|Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Project: Environmental Impact Assessment||Environmental Impact Assessments||Feb 2020|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Construction Supervision Consultants for Chaubara Branch Canal Construction - Greater Thal Canal (Phase-II)||Firm - Consulting||Closed||07 Sep 2021||13 Oct 2021|
|49372-PAK: Greater Thal Canal Irrigation Project||Advance Notice||Active||19 Aug 2021|
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