KARACHI:,,, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the management of Sindh Irrigation Department and Sindh Irrigation Development Authority (SIDA) to ensure judicious supply of irrigation water to tail end growers, specially at the areas of lower Sindh within a week time.
The Chief Minister directed for deployment of Rangers at most affected Kunri and Naseer sub divisions and asked the management concerned to take strict legal action against those involved in water theft and violating the rules. This he directed while presiding over a high level meeting on water shortage and evolving strategy to ensure water supply to tail end growers, at CM House on Tuesday.
MNA Nawab Yousif Talpur, MPA Basheer Ahmed Halepoto, Secretary Irrigation Babar Effendi, Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, MD SIDA Zahid Hussain Junejo, other officers from Sindh Irrigation and SIDA attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh said that he has been receiving the complains from public representatives and getting feedback from other sources about the water shortage, specially at the parts of lower Sindh. He said that though Sindh was experiencing the natural shortage of water but the management concerned could resolve the problems of growers through judicious distribution of available water.
The Chief Minister Sindh said that now water position was improving and each grower must be shared its benefits judiciously. The Chief Minister was of the view that Sindh is agro based province, having efficient irrigation system and potential to grow more as such it could not afford the loss of agro production due to apathy of officers.
He directed the Secretary Irrigation for placing efficient and honest officers, specially at troubled places, and ensure to resolve the problems of growers on priority basis. The Chief Minister assured him of free hand for taking steps on merit and in the interest of the growers community as whole.
MNA Nawab Yousif Talpur, while talking in the meeting, said that though he has complain on the distribution of water at Kunri, and Naseer sub division, but simultaneously he appreciated the efforts of the local management of irrigation department for maintaining the water flow at Soomarki and Khachar minors which according to him had experienced acute shortage of water in the past. Talpur also sought deployment of Rangers along canals and action against the element involved in water theft.
The Sindh Secretary for irrigation Babar Effendi while briefing the meeting said that present water shortage was experienced because of the shortage from upstream in Indus River. However, he maintained that now the situation was improving and water level was rising. He said that he was optimist to get more water in the system and overcome the problem within a week time.
He said that today we have recorded 103,295 cusecs of water at upstream and 48,665 downstream Sukkur Barrage, similarly 24605 cusec reported at upstream Kotri barrage. He said that withdrawal of 24205 cusecs has been reported at Kotri Barrage off taking canals while 54130 cusec at Sukkur barrage off taking canals.
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