Regional Office, Bahawalpur
Regional Office Bahawalpur
The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) established its Desertification Monitoring Unit known as (PADMU), at Bahawalpur in August, 1982. The Unit PADMU had successfully completed the task of assessment and mapping of desertification which was then upgraded to Regional Office, PCRWR in 1985. The Regional Office PCRWR had following development projects on its credit.
- The Project “Water Resources Research Centre (WRRC) Bahawalpur” was approved in 1986, by the Ministry of Science and Technology to conduct site specific research on water resources in the desert area.
- The Project “Surface Water Development for Farm Utilization in the Cholistan Desert through Rain Water Harvesting and Collection Project (SWDP)” was approved in the year 1994 and completed in 2001.
- The Project “Mitigation of Drought Disaster in the Cholistan Desert by Management of Water Resources (MDDC)” project was approved in the year 2001 where in rain water harvesting infrastructures fix big pond and installation of turbine pumps were completed at feasible locations in all over Cholistan.
- The Project “Integrated Development and Management of Water Resources in Water Scarce Areas” (IDMOWR project was approved in the year 2005 wherein. Turbines were installed along irrigation canals for drinking and agricultural water supply to Cholistani peoples.
- The project “Mitigation of Desertification for Poverty Alleviation by Integrated Management of Land and Water Resources in Cholistan (MDPA)” was also approved in 2005 and ended in June, 2010.
- In MDPA experiments, aforestation and grass land development in barren desert land, were carried out for improving grazing potential of Cholistani cattle’s. At Narray wala site plots of Beri trees develop as allied horticultural activity.
Mandate and Mission
- To conduct development oriented site specific research on desert water, land and plant resources to enhance desert land production for a stable environment.
- To develop and evaluate water conservation technologies for irrigating desert vegetation and crops.
- To provide services for water quality monitoring, mitigation and water quality analysis for Physical, Chemical and Microbiological parameters with available state of art equipments.
- To conduct qualitative & quantitative research on groundwater quality through geophysical surveys and the identification of different quality zones with the help of EC based GIS mapping.
- To provide the services of Groundwater Investigation to Public/Private and Farming Sector for better understanding of Quality at various depths and to avoid unnecessary expenditures of drilling.
- To conduct and coordinate research on drought mitigation and drinking water quality improvement.
Major Research Areas