Pakistan: Sindh on the verge of running out of water

Sindh province in Pakistan, one of the direst regions in the country has been facing severe water shortage, even as two controversial link canals were opened with the permission of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa), Dawn reported on Thursday

Islamabad, May 12: Sindh province in Pakistan, one of the direst regions in the country has been facing severe water shortage, even as two controversial link canals were opened with the permission of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa), Dawn reported on Thursday. Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman called the 60 per cent shortage of water in the Indus as “very dangerous”, putting at risk the people of Sindh province, as well as its agriculture and livestock. The Chashma-Jhelum (CJ) link canal. Which was opened on Tuesday with a flow of 958 cusecs. And was being provided 2,000 cusecs on Wednesday, is operated by the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda).

The Taunsa-Panjnad (TP) link canal was regulated by Punjab’s irrigation department. For which a flow of 2,404 cusecs was allowed on Wednesday. Irrigation officials in Sindh said. That Irsa Chairman Zahid Junejo was against opening of the CJ canal. Observing that it could not be operated at this time as Tarbela Dam had inadequate flows of water. And Sindh’s indent for water flows had not been met yet. He claimed that downstream flows of Kotri barrage. Also remained zero and, above all, permission. From the Sindh chief minister for opening of the CJ link canal had not been sought. “CJ is an interprovincial canal and can’t be operated like this. It can only be run when Sindh’s indent is met. And there is surplus water in the system”. An official quoted the Irsa chairman as having observed on Tuesday.

Both the link canals have been a bone of contention between Sindh and Irsa. Nowadays Sindh’s barrages are facing an acute water shortage due to the inadequate water flows in the Indus River system. Initially early and now peak Kharif season was being badly hit in the province. Leading to an outcry from the representatives of growers bodies.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up here to get the latest news delivered directly to your inbox.
You can unsubscribe at any time