Irrigation Department and Sindh Irrigation Development Authority (SIDA) o ensure supply of irrigation water: CM Sindh 

Sameer Nazir

KARACHI: The 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 up to tail end 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 division and asked the management concerned to take strict legal action against those who are evolved in water theft and violating the rules. This he directed while presiding over a high level meeting about water shortage and evolving strategy to ensure water supply up to tail end held at CM House today.

The MNA Nawab Yousif Talpur, MPA Basheer Ahmed Halepoto, Secretary Irrigation Babar Effandi, Secretary to CM Alamudin Bullo, M.D SIDA Zahid Hussain Junejo, other officers from Sindh Irrigation and SIDA attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that he has being 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 is experiencing the natural shortage of water but the management concern can resolve the problems of growers by judicious distribution of available water.

The Chief Minister Sindh said that now water position is 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 cannot afford the loss of Agro production because 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 level. The Chief Minister assured him for free hand for taking steps on merit and in the interest of the grower’s community as whole.

The 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 minor and Khachar minor which according to him had experienced acute shortage of water in the past.

The MNA Nawab Yousif Talpur also sought for deployment of Rangers on canals and taking striction 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 is improving and water level is rising. He said that he was optimist to get more water in the system and to overcome the problem within a week time. He said that today we have recorded 1,03,295 cusec water at upstream and 48,665 downstream Sukkur barrage, similarly 24605 cusec reported at upstream of Kotri barrage. He said that with-drawls of 24205 cusec has been reported at Kotri barrage off taking canals while 54130 cusec at Sukkur barrage off taking canals. While the water level at these places is increasing that to lead more releases and water shortage complain at lower Sindh will be resolved within a week time.

 

SPECIAL MAGISTRATE APPOINTED

 

Sameer Nazir

KARACHI: The Home Department, Government of Sindh has appointed Peeral Chandio A.C. (Revenue) Karachi West and Mr. Mushtaq Sheikh, A.C. North Nazimabad as Special Judicial Magistrates with the powers of first class Magistrates in place of earlier appointed Judicial Magistrates Mr. Muhammad Ishaque Gaad of District West Karachi and Mr. Ghulam Farooq Leghari of District Central.