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Background/ History

Trimmu Barrage was commissioned in 1939. It is constructed 25 km southwest of Jhang city on

Jhang Bhakkar road. It was originally designed with a discharge capacity of 645,000 cusecs of
water to the nearby fields. However, between 1959 and 2010 it has had to discharge much more
water than its original capacity on several occasions. For example, in 1992 it discharged 888,117
cusecs of water! The excess discharge of water has been because of two reasons: torrential rains
and un-predicted excess flow of water from India. This excess discharge of water has led to wide
spread destruction of crops and property as well as displacement of humans and cattle, every
couple of years.

Need Requirement

The project of the Rehabilitation and Up-gradation of Trimmu Barrage was conceived by
Punjab Irrigation Department. The project had become a necessity because of large scale
flooding in the recent years, deterioration of the barrage because of aging and deferred
maintenance, sedimentation along the canals leading to reduced supply and depletion of
underground water table as farmers were using water pumps to draw water out of the ground due
to the low availability of water in the canals. Due to these issues, Punjab Government planned
the Rehabilitation and Up-gradation of Trimmu Barrage project worth $173 million.


The objectives of the Rehabilitation and Up-gradation of Trimmu Barrage project are twofold:

Restoring the existing Barrage to perform its designed functions and to ensure reliable
irrigation supplies for another 50 years life period.

Enhancing the existing flood discharge capacity of Trimmu Barrage to safely pass flood
discharge of 875,000 cusec based on hydrological studies.


The stakeholders of the project i.e. Punjab Government, Asian Development Bank, Nespak and
Sino Hydro decided to limit the scope of the project to the following work:
Repairing of cracks in existing Barrage floor, piers and divide walls

Providing 4 layer of high strength concrete on the existing barrage floor

Grouting cavities beneath the barrage floor

Installation of Vibrating Wire and Stand Pipe Piezometers

Repairing of barrages existing road bridge

Rehabilitation of the barrage and canals gates & hoists

Motorization of the hoisting system of gates

Providing Surveillance Cameras

Construction/Rehabilitation of infrastructure and buildings

Trimming and removal of Bela between the guide banks

Management of 100 Year Flood (Raising and Strengthening of Marginal Bunds / Training
works and provision of Additional Structure)