Water woes fuel Sindh suspicions as Punjab blames flows – Pakistan


• The Irsa team visits Sukkur to check out the flow of the bars
• Punjab complains of receiving less than its share since April 16th
• Unfair distribution of turnaround in Punjab, Cindh official claim

HYDERABAD / LAHORE: Extreme water shortages combined with tropical heat have caused great concern in South Punjab and Sindh, with growing tensions between the two provinces over their share of water resources in the country as demand exceeds supply.

Life has been raised in the Punjab desert areas, including Cholistan, Thal and the tribal areas of Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur, where people have been forced to move with their cattle to greener pastures and urban centers in search of water.

Temperatures in the early days of May saw the mercury drop to 50 degrees in the desert, compared with an average of 44 degrees Celsius over the past decade. In some areas, temperatures have risen to 48 degrees Celsius compared with previous records of 40 degrees Celsius at the same time.

Unlike in the past, Poland also received no rain in the months of March, April and May, leading to the end of the drying up of the rainwater lakes. The loss of more than a dozen sheep due to dehydration in the heat of the heat naturally disrupted Punjab’s control, with Prime Minister Hamza Shehbaz ordering immediate water supply through bowsers, medicine and livestock fodder at 11 camps. are intended for this purpose.

Punjab irrigation authorities accuse the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) of exacerbating the problem by allocating 0.4 million hectares of water (MAF) to its province, compared to what they believe 0.6MAF has been allocated to Sindh more than it has since. April 16th.

The official claimed that Punjab was receiving 26 percent of its water supply under its fair share between April 16 and May 11. They allege that Sindh was earning more than 77pc more than his share at the same time. However, an official from Sindh was directly opposed to the speech, claiming that Sindh’s assignment was actually misappropriated by the use of the Punjab.

Professor Mushtaq Gadhi of Seraiki Lok Sanjh said the situation in South Punjab was due to the failure to build the Trim-Islam Link Canal, which was supposed to be built on March 31, 1968 under Annexure H of the Indus Water Treaty. a designated capacity of 20,000 cusecs, the canal was used to reduce Sutlej water loss in the Cholistan-Bahawalpur region and could be used to feed the ponds formed in the Sutlej River basin to fill the groundwater resources that quickly depleted there.

Sindh water shortage

There is anger in Sindh because of its fair share of water that is not provided for it.

The chairperson of Irsa, accompanied by members of the Balochistan and Punjab jurisdiction, other members of the National Assembly Committee on Water Resources, Water and Energy Development (Wapda) representatives and Sindh irrigation officials, arrived in Sukkur on Friday evening to watch the floodwaters in Sukkur and Guk.

The delegation traveled to Sukkur after the Standing Committee on Water in the National Assembly met under the auspices of Nakaz Yusuf Talpur on Wednesday and Thursday in Islamabad. water distribution evenly. He opposed a three-tier formula that has become the basis for water distribution between the provinces as it puts Sindh – a low-riparian riparian in the Indus River system – into serious trouble.

“Can’t the water supply be guaranteed to us if the majority of Irsa decides against it?” The minister was quoted as asking for a meeting. “Sindh only wants his assignment. Distribution and shortage are regulated in accordance with the Agreement, ”he said.

Friday also brought a ray of hope. Guddu Barrage recorded an increase of 7,575 cusecs in flowing water on Friday morning. It reported a departure of 36,800 cusecs on May 12 at 6am, which improved to 44,375 cusecs on May 13.

The water came too late, however – an issue that puzzled Irrigation officials and Sindh. It flows down the river [U1] The Taunsa Barrage had already reported a continuous increase since May 6, but that improvement was not reflected in the above-quoted measures in Guddu, raising various questions about the delay.

“It seems that this refreshing water is coming out of Tarbella, taking some time to develop along the river and now it will gradually reach its destination,” said the irrigation officer. He said their delay in arrival had worried everyone and they hoped they would get better.

An official who visited Sindh for a water flow test said: “We will monitor the flow of each channel in the Sukkur and Guddu canals for two days because the flow deficit between Taunsa and Guddu still makes us think. Hopefully the flow will show a growing trend. ”

The Sukkur Barrage official, however, remained concerned about the lack of days to come.

“Transportation has indeed improved in Guddu, but demand for water will continue to increase. Water must be provided for the sustainable canals of Dadu and Rice, the only way to grow rice, and Balochistan’s share will be guaranteed. ”

‘Stop turning Sindh’s water away’

The director of the Sindh irrigation department has written to the chairman of Irsa, demanding an end to the transfer of water from the Indus River system to the Jhelum-Chenab system, with serious consequences for Sindh. The letter, sent out on Thursday, referred to a May 7 communication in which the province had asked Irsa to implement a provincial ident quickly instead of storing water in dams during this difficult time.

“However, it is unfortunate that Sindh’s indent did not meet with Irsa and as a result Sindh is facing water shortages at 61pc in his area. [three] barrages. In many canals, there is no drinking water, ”the letter said. The manager said that due to severe water shortages, there was an uproar in the farmers’ area.

Instead of fulfilling Sindh’s assignment, Irsa stored water on Chashma and Tarbela in reservoirs on the one hand, and on the other hand transferred water from the Indus River system to the Jhelum-Chenab system via CJ and Taunsa-Panjnad junction canals, he believed.

Published Parhlo, May 14, 2022

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