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Sufficient water available to meet countrys demand: IRSA.

ISLAMABAD, March 17, 2012 (Balochistan Times): Indus River System Authority has categorically contradicted the reports pertaining to shortage of 50 to 70 percent of irrigation water in the country stating that sufficient water is available in rivers to meet the demands in the country. Spokesperson of IRSA said that apropos to the news item appeared in various newspapers regarding 50 percent shortage of water in coming Kharif Crop a meeting of the IRSA Technical Committee was held here on Friday which was attended by representatives of the provinces. During the meeting prevailing water situation and anticipated water availability for the upcoming Kharif 2012 season was discussed. The committee categorically contradicted the media reports on shortage of 50 or 70 percent of irrigation water in the country. While reviewing the water situation, the committee showed satisfaction on the standing wheat crop and said that, although the storage of water in reservoirs is zero but the available river supply in western rivers i.e. Indus, Kabul, Jhelum & Chenab is about 45,000 Cs to 50,000 Cs per day which is sufficient to meet the prevailing demands of fodder, sugarcane, vegetables, orchards, drinking etc. While analyzing the water availability for upcoming Kharif 2012, to be started from 1st April, the committee with consensus decided that, as the temperatures in the catchments are not promising, therefore, with present trend of flows anticipated water availability could not be finalized. It was decided that based on the flows of March 20, Technical Committee meeting will be convened on/about 26th March, so that more realistic analysis of the situation could be done. However, as discussed during the meeting preliminary results shows that during the early Kharif period (April-1oth June), the shortage may range between 15 to 25 percent, and during the whole of Kharif 2012 the shortages may range between 5 to 10 %. It is also clarified that such shortages normally occur at this time of the year and this is not an unusual happening.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 17, 2012
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