Dec 15, 2009

Sindh: Concern over Share of Water from the Indus

Active ImageSindh has told the Indus River System Authority that continued withdrawal of water from the Indus by Punjab has detrimental impacts on Sindh’s share in the river



Below is an article published by The International News:

Sindh has conveyed to the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) that continued withdrawal of water from the Indus by Punjab, despite the Authority’s decision that Punjab has no more share in the water, would inflict huge loss on Sindh’s share in the river, a senior official from Sindh told The News.

“Sindh would be left with no choice but to withdraw water from Mangla against the excessive use of water by Punjab from the Indus,” he said.Sindh is of the view that Punjab wants to get maximum water from the Indus after consuming its share which is why it was avoiding table talks.

The much-touted meeting of the advisory committee of the Irsa which was to meet today (Tuesday) on the issue of water closure for Punjab from the Indus, has been postponed on the request of the Punjab Irrigation Department.

Sindh has registered its strong protest over the postponement of the meeting. When contacted, Irsa spokesman Muhammad Khalid Idrees Rana confirmed that the Punjab Irrigation and Power Department secretary requested for the postponement, saying since he had some unavoidable engagements, so he was unable to attend the meeting.

Rana said the next date for the meeting would now be fixed on the availability of the secretary. The Sindh official, to a question, said in case of water withdrawal from Mangla, Punjab would have to absorb the losses as it is Punjab which is getting extra water from the Indus. And Sindh would not be able to get its remaining share from the Indus which is required for its matured crops.

The official said had the advisory committee meeting held as per schedule, Punjab would have to face the music for its wrong stance that it still have 2.5 million acre feet of water as balance share in main stem of the Indus.

He said Punjab has mismanaged withdrawal of water from the Indus, and now it is withdrawing extra water. “Sindh is all set to take on Punjab in the meeting whenever it takes place,” he said.