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Irsa has changed her mind, raising Sindh, part of the Punjab | Express Tribune

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Changing his mind, the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) on Monday decided to expand the water supply of the Sindh and Punjab provinces.

On Friday, water regulators decided to offer a 32% reduction to the two major divisions instead of the current 23% deficit.

This sparked outrage from the Sindh government led by the PPP, which led to the announcement of protests in the districts against Irsa for not giving the province their share of water.

In addition, the Sindh government also refused to be invited by Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar to legislators and experts to visit Punjab agencies, saying Sindh has grievances against Irsa and not Punjab.

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Irsa officials on Monday held a meeting in Islamabad to assess the water situation in the country. The meeting showed that river water inflation had risen by 24% – from 172,000 cusecs to 225,000 cusecs – on May 31 and water shortages had dropped from 32% to 18%.

In view of this growing economy, Irsa decided to increase the water supply to the areas.

Punjab – the largest region in terms of population – will receive 101,000 freshwater cusecs after 18,000 cusecs have been added to their territory. In the province it used to receive 83,000 cusecs.

Sindh province now receives 109,000 cusecs of water. Irsa expanded the province’s territory by 35,000 cusecs. In the past, Irsa was releasing 74,000 cusecs in the region. The conference pointed out that due to the hot climate in the northern regions, the number of rivers is increasing

“As a result of Irsa ‘s management of Chashma Barrage, water shortages have reduced the cusecs to 8,000 in recent days,” Irsa spokesman Mohammad Khalid Idrees Rana said.

“Authorities are reassuring stakeholders that all regions exist as part of Irsa and that the authorities are distributing water fairly in accordance with the 1991 water agreement,” he said. Authorities also called on the province to change its use of water to reduce pollution.

However, the Sindh government has announced protests against water shortages and power outages. He also said the provincial government will stage protests against Irsa in the state from June 3 to June 15.

“If Irsa does not recognize our protest then we will be in Kamu Shaheed,” PPP leader Sindh Nisar Khuhro said at a press conference at the Sindh Assembly. Khuhro was accompanied by the Minister of Irrigation, Sohail Anwar Sial, and former filmmaker Aajiz Dhamrah.

Kamu Shaheed is the last city of Sindh located between the Thar and Sehar canals.

Sohail Anwar Sial also rejected a request from the Prime Minister of Punjab for Sindh councilors and experts to visit camps in Punjab. He also said Sindh had grievances against Irsa and not Punjab.

However, in the same vein, the prime minister asked CM Buzdar to explain why the water was released in the Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal and TP Link Canal. He also said that connecting canals were illegally opened in Punjab, which resulted in the loss of $ 3 billion in Sindh.

“Sindh was supposed to receive 33 million acres of water (MAF) but only received 33.89 MAF,” he said. The ministry also asked experts from Punjab to visit Sindh.

Later at a press conference, the Minister of State for Information Farrukh Habib said Prime Minister Imrah Khan had instructed the relevant agency to set up a telecommunications system to monitor the flow of water in rivers and ensure that this precious resource was distributed equitably.

“These [telemetry] The system is important to measure the amount of water that each state receives and to reduce waste, “he said. He was accompanied by PTI Sindh leader Haleem Adil Sheikh and irrigation minister Mohsin Leghari.

Habib said after building 10 more dams in the next ten years, the country would have more water and more electricity.

“When we complete this reservoir, we will be able to store 13 million acres of water. Currently, several cities including Charsadda and Naushera are most affected by the monsoon season. When they complete the reservoir, the area will be protected, ”he said.

The Sheikh said the water distribution was transformed into a political one and not an artistic one. He also said he represented Sindh’s people and said he was trying to educate the people and create tension between the government and Sindh.

Haleem Adil Sheikh said water loss in Punjab was only 1% but in Sindh the loss was 39%. “It simply came to our notice then. I am stealing water, ”he said.

A opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly said the provincial government had not conducted a “bhal safai” – cleaning the canal – exercise. “It no longer operates on the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) where it connects with about 350 landowners,” he added.

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