Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in consultation with the Irrigation experts and army engineering corps Friday decided to plug the breaches occurred in Flood Protective (FP) and pump out water from the cities and towns of Khairpur and Naushahro Feroze districts to restore day to day life. “Since the flood/rainwater is receding in the river Indus, therefore we have to develop a mechanism to dispose of stagnant water from cities.”
This he said while presiding over a coordination committee meeting here at the CM House, said a statement. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Dr Azra Pechuho, Manzoor Wassan, Sharjeel Memon, Mukesh Chawla, Nasir Shah, Murtaza Wahab, Rasool Bux Chandio, Commissioner Karachi Iqbal Memon, Secretary to CM Rahim Shaikh, Secretary Livestock Tamizuddin Khero, Secretary Works Imran Atta, Secretary Rehabilitation Asif Memon, Secretary irrigation Sohail Qureshi, Special Secretary Irrigation Jamal Mangan DG PDMA Salman Shah from Pakistan Army Commodore Zeeshan COS ComCoast, Brig Inam of Corps 5 and others.
The chief minister, at the outset of the meeting, proposed to plug all the three breaches of FP dyke so that its water instead of flowing into the nearby towns and villages start flowing into Manchhar lake which has also started discharging into the River Indus.
The experts from Irrigation and army engineering Corps discussed the matter and agreed with the chief minister to plug the breaches in the FP Bund. It was pointed out that the condition of the dyke was so feeble and precarious that machinery could not be moved there to plug them. Therefore, the meeting decided to plug them manually by sending workforce and material there.
The chief minister was told that the Manchhar had attained water level of 122.2 (early Friday gauge). Water level has reduced along FP dyke ranging from 5 to 9 feet in upper reach of Saifullah & Rice Canal Division. Whereas 3 to 5 ft in lower reach of Southern Dadu Division.
Water level along Suprio has also reduced about 9 inches to two ft. Warah Canal level reduced from 6.5ft to 5.2 ft. Water level in Dhamrah was flowing upward, now it is flowing into MNV and water level is continuously reducing. Shahdadkot main drain and Miro Khan Main Drain level has lowered about one to two feet and is now flowing in RBOD-III.
The Ghar Main Drain which was flowing in reverse is now flowing into MNV and its level has started reducing from two to three feet.