In a bid to utilise water resources in an efficient manner, the Punjab government on Sunday signed an agreement to build small and intermediate dams in the province. According to details, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the provincial Irrigation Ministry and NESPAK in a ceremony, which was also attended by CM Punjab Usman Buzdar. Under the MoU, a feasibility study would be carried out using modern drone technique for the construction of small and intermediate dams at 13 hill torrents. Shedding light on the project, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that the pilot project for the construction of the reservoirs would begin in June this year. “The water reservoirs will help in providing water to 200,000 acres of land, besides also minimizing the impact and losses from floods,” he said. It is pertinent to mention here that other than Punjab province, small and big dams have been planned and established in other parts of the country also to ensure better utilisation of water resources. According to a report, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25 small dams have been completed in different areas to store flood and rainwater during monsoon for irrigation and drinking purposes in July 2019. Nine dams, including Gandyaley, Chanday Fateh Khan and Auxiliary Kandar dams in Kohat, Azakhel in Peshawar, Naryab in Hangu, Sharki and Changhoz dam in Karak, Darganatu in Bannu and Jalozai dam in Nowshera have been completed under the annual development program during 2002 to 2019. Similarly, nine water reservoirs including Lawaghar, Karak, Ghole Banda and Mardankhel dams in Karak, Khari Bara in Haripur, Jabba Khattak in Nowshera, Palai in Charsadda, Darmalak in Kohat and Kundal dam in Swabi have been completed under the Public Sector Development Programme during 2003 to 2019.