By admin       2018-05-17

Mr Rana said Punjab expressed concern over heavy water losses from Taunsa to Kotri Barrage, which were estimated at around one million acres feet. Irsa constituted a regulations director-led committee comprising directors from Punjab and Sindh to measure discharges at Guddu barrage and other barrages of the country and submit its report to the regulator. All the five Irsa members representing the four provinces and the centre highlighted the need for the construction of new dams on a war footing as a tool to improve water regulation through better utilisation of surplus flows. On a complaint of Balochistan government, the Sindh government also agreed to take immediate steps to overcome shortages faced by Balochistan given the fact that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan have been exempted from water shortage due to their infrastructure constraints as they suffer the most when they do not get their approved shares. In view of the ongoing rainy spell, the regulator also changed its regulation pattern and increased provincial shares based on improved flows. As a result, Punjab’s water share was increased from 56,000 cusecs to 64,000 cusecs while Sindh’s share was enhanced from 43,000 cusecs to 55,000 cusecs. Balochistan’s share was set at 5,000 cusecs and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s share was fixed at 3,100 cusecs. The meeting was attended by Irsa members from Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab besides Wapda’s chief engineer (hydrology), Met Office director and irrigation authorities from Mangla dam and the provincial governments.

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