ISLAMABAD – Indus River System Authority’s (IRSA) advisory committee Friday announced 18 percent water shortage for the upcoming Rabi season starting today (Saturday), for the provinces of Punjab and Sindh.
Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will get full share of water in Rabi as they are exempted from the shortage, IRSA advisory committee announced here.
The meeting of the advisory committee held here was presided over by IRSA Chairman Rao Irshad and was attended by the members of the Authority and WAPDA, provincial irrigation secretaries, and officials of Federal Flood Commission.
The Water Accord 1991 empowers IRSA to determine water availability in the country and provincial share twice a year, once for Kharif season and the other for Rabi season.
Rabi season starts from October 1st while Kharif starts from April 1st.
Briefing the media about the decisions taken by the advisory committee, IRSA spokesman Khalid Rana said that in Kharif the total water shortage was four percent.
“Punjab received two percent less water than its share, Sindh shortage was five percent, Baluchistan received 26 percent less water than its share, while KP got its full share.
Baluohistan received 1.
80 maf water instead of its share of 2.
42 maf,” he maintained.
He said that the shortage was mainly caused by climate change.
“Due to fewer rains in moonsoon season and the mismanagement of WAPDA the country has shortage of water in its river and reservoirs,” he said.
This is the first time during the last 16 years that Tarbella dam was not filled to the peak level of 1550 feet, the official said.
5 maf less water was stored in Tarbella which will cause 3 percent extra water shortage to the provinces during the Rabi season,” the official added.
It is predictable that the provinces will receive 31.
08maf of water during the Rabi season, Punjab will get 16.
2 maf, Sindh will get 12.
2 maf, Balochistan will get 1.
02 maf and KP will get 0.
70 maf of water.
It is anticipated that during Rabi 22.
38 maf water will flow in the rivers while 9.
5 maf will be used from the water reservoirs.
The anticipated water flow in Indus, Kabul, Jhelum and Chenab will be around 22.
38maf, as compared to 27.
42 maf of previous season.
The anticipated water flows, during upcoming season, in River Indus will be 9.
26 maf as against 9.
93 maf of previous Rabi, Kabul 4.
18 maf as against 5.
13 maf of last Rabi, Jhelum 4.
68 maf as against 7.
87 maf of last season, Chenab 4.
27maf as against 4.
48maf during last Rabi season.
He said that during Kharif season, the flow in Indus was 6 percent higher than the anticipated availability, while the water in Jhelum, Chenab and Kabul was 27 percent, 9 percent and 7 percent less than the anticipated flow.