Sindh adopts rotation policy due to water shortage

KARACHI: The irrigation authority of Sindh has resorted to rotation programme due to an intense water shortage at barrages, reports citing sources said on Monday.

The water shortage at barrages is worsening with each passing day due to reduced upstream flows, forcing the irrigation department to resort to a rotation programme to apportion limited water among all recipients in measured quantity.

Presently, water shortage at Guddu and Sukkur barrages has reached 35 percent and 27 percent respectively.

The farmers are facing a hard time which has prompted the irrigation department to initiate a rotation programme for four left bank canals at Sukkur Barrage so that water can be provided to the right bank canals.

The provincial government had recently raised objections over the water distribution formula of the Indus River System Authority.

In a letter to IRSA, the provincial irrigation department demanded the body to stop providing river water to Chashma-Jhelum and Taunsa-Punjnad link canals.

Kotri Barrage is the last barrage in the downstream and unanimous deduction formula of the river water for all barrages is unjust and incomprehensible, Sindh irrigation department wrote.

The irrigation department also demanded of IRSA to provide authentic data of water discharge from all canals.

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