HYDERABAD: Officials of the International Sedimentation Research Institute of Pakistan (Isrip), operating under the Wapda, will once again measure the flow in the Guddu Barrage up Tuesday (today) to determine if the flow in the Taunsa below indicates Guddu rise Barrage. .
A combined group of Wapda, Sindh and Punjab irrigation officers, Isrip officials, members of the Indus River System Authority from Punjab and Balochistan and chairman Zahid Junejo visited Taunsa Barrage down on Monday. They work under the auspices of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on water resources led by Khalid Magsi, a Balochistan MNA. Co-Secretary of the Minister of Water Resources Mehar Ali Shah is also part of the group.
Travel mobilization and monitoring work should begin on Saturday after the Standing Committee had heated discussions about Sindh’s lack of stakeholder engagement. Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro also spoke out loud about the ‘lost movement between Taunsa and Guddu.
The committee set up a team to work in Guddu, Sukkur and Taunsa barrages before submitting its results.
NA board members, officials collecting figures in Taunsa, Guddu barrages
“It was an unprecedented operation,” said Khalid Magsi from Taunsa as he confirmed that the Isrip team would once again measure Guddu’s high-profile move. He added that monitoring work had been ongoing since Saturday.
“Today in Taunsa, we are studying SADCP [Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler] a device used by officials in Sindh, Punjab and Isrip showed the same numbers after adding a certain value, ”said the irrigation officer.
He said the flow would show the route up the Guddu Barrage upstream after three to four days. Intentionally, the Isrip team will measure mobility to exclude any opportunity to study excessively or to learn under barrage, he said, adding that “Isrip’s presence in all work is not important under a third party test.”
The official said that “Punjab irrigation officials had previously opposed the study of the Isrips at Guddu Barrage but when their equipment was in line with their studies, they felt more comfortable.” If Sindh officials have reported marching between Taunsa-Guddu to reach, that may be disbelief in the Punjab; therefore, a study of the Isrip of such travel would have a reason for neutrality, he said.
According to MNA Magsi, the Isrip team may be staying in Guddu to measure travel because the quantum released from Taunsa will take three to four days to reach Guddu barrage.
“Our team will finalize a report on all activities that will be submitted to the chairperson of the Standing Committee [Yusuf Talpur]”He said, adding that details are still being processed to prevent any errors as it will be part of the committee’s report.
The scarcity situation is alarming
MR Magsi said the situation in Sindh was indeed alarming in terms of water scarcity. He said access to drinking water was now a problem in Balochistan because the province was getting water from Sindh.
“Balochistan gets 700 cusecs per Pat Feeder [canal] of Guddu Barrage, ”he said. The quantum was insufficient because a small amount of movement would be drawn into the trench before reaching Balochistan, he argued.
Guddu Barrage official, however, said Pat Feeder was releasing 1,200 cusecs and Hottki Feeder 1,000 cusecs. The Guddu Barrage canals, which had previously been closed, were now open. Balochistan receives water from two sources – the Pat Feeder and the Khirthar canal – of the Sukkur Barrage.
The Irsa chairman also traveled to Islamabad. Sindh officials, including Hydrology director Habib Ursani, were returning to their province.
Guddu’s upward movement on Monday (May 16) was recorded at 46,945 cusecs against Taunsa Barrage’s downstream flows of 69,079 cusecs. A total deficit of 51.4pc was recorded at Sindh barrages and Kotri Barrage recorded a high percentage deficit, i.e. 66.5pc.
Published Parhlo, May 17, 2022