“ Sindh faces worst water shortage in 60 years ”
Following the decision of the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) to supply 32% water to Punjab and Sindh, the chief engineer of Guddu Barrage advised farmers not to sow paddy in May and June because the dam faces “ the worst water shortage. in 60 years.
According to IRSA, according to the report, farmers can set up nurseries in July as long as water flow is expected to improve.
The water shortage continues in the three dams of Sindh but the situation is more serious after the shortage of 50.44 at Kotri Barrage.
Three dams in Sindh are facing a 36.94% water shortage as of yesterday, causing difficulties for the cotton harvest and water may be available for the start of Kharif.
Zahid Junejo, a member of IRSA Sind, said everyone is hopeful the water situation will improve given the rising temperatures in upper areas, which could lead to improved flow. of water.
“Currently, however, where cotton is grown or where rice nurseries are set up, water shortages could affect crops,” he said.
According to Zahid Junejo, when it comes to water distribution, Sindh has always attached importance to the point: “We should receive water in accordance with the 1991 water sharing agreement. do not accept the three-tier formula that is at the origin of the dispute. “
“The situation is so bad that people are crying out for drinking water. Irrigation is still a long way off, ”he said.
He said: “We are checking the water flow at each location with the consent of Sindh and Punjab, it is now possible to form a committee which will be in charge of monitoring the water discharges.”
Zahid Junejo rejected claims by Irsa and Punjab that the Kotri flow was “a waste of water”.
He said that last year the allowable loss was 35%, but it was revised to 30%, which once again results in a loss for Sindh.
He said that was the reason why Sindh believed the transit losses between Taunsa and Guddu were unusually high.
Zahid Junejo said that the Indus River reaches the Guddu Dam and therefore the distance of 100 miles becomes 300 miles.
He claimed that on the continuous flow of water to Sindh, about 50,000 acres of land are irrigated in the Punjab river channel.