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Monitoring of Chashma Irrigation Project

The Chashma Right Bank Irrigation Project, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is a large-scale irrigation project in Pakistan constructing a 274-kilometer canal along the Indus River, 72 distribution canals, 68 cross-drainage structures and 91 bridges. The project began in 1978, and under the Stage III, which began in 1993 and scheduled for completion in the end of 2003, 144km of the canal will be constructed and 135,000 ha of the command area will be irrigated.

The implementation of this project has caused numerous problems, including involuntary displacement and compensation disputes, a severe lack of transparency and consultation with the affected people for the planning and implementation of the project, and various other social and environmental impacts, such as: flooding, influx of outsiders, land degradation, deforestation, etc. On 25 November 2002, the local communities submitted an Inspection request to the ADB regarding the alleged policy violations of the ADB.


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