Sindh wants Centre to change Irsa chairman

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The Sindh Government on Saturday has demanded to change Chairman Indus River System Authority (Irsa), the body responsible for water distribution in the federating units, it has been learnt.

The demand was made by Adviser to chief minister Sindh on Agriculture, ManzoorWassan over reservations on water distribution.

Wassan said that the incumbent Irsachairman has utterly failed in providing due water share to Sindh, he should be replaced immediately.

He added that as per IRSA rules, the chairman cannot be older than 65 years, but the age of the current chairman is 74 years, which is against the rules.

Earlier this month, the Sindh government had raised objections over the water distribution formula of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa).

Sindh Irrigation Department in a letter to the Irsa had demanded the authority 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.Dispute deepens between Sindh, IRSA after authorities cuts down water supply.

The longstanding water dispute between two major provinces, Sindh and Punjab, took another turn when two months ago the former refused to allow federal inspectors to visit Guddu barrage to see water measurement mechanism and ascertain actual water flows and losses.

While Indus River System Authority (Irsa) secretary announced that the Tripartite Discharge Monitoring Team (TDMT) would begin discharge measurement at Guddu barrage on June 13, a team comprising Wapda officials, mandated by the federal government, went for Guddu barrage inspection on June 12 without telling anyone.

 

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