The Advisory Committee of the Indus River System Authority IRSA comprising top officials of the four provinces meeting today (Friday) to draw up an irrigation plan keeping in view the projected 18 percent irrigation water shortfall for Rabi crops 2016-17 and allocate water to the provinces according to their share under the 1991 Water Accord.
Under the Accord Punjab’s water share for Rabi (winter) crops is 18.87 MAF, Sindh 14.82 MAF, KPK 3.50 MAF and Baluchistan1.2 MAF from 1st October to 31st March. The two main users of the Indus water Punjab and Sindh are likely to share the shortage of water.
According to 29th September water report of WAPDA there is 9 MAF water available in the Mangla dam (5.278 MAF) and Tarbela dam (4.311 MAF) and Chashma reservoir 0.216 MAF) for distribution among the provinces
The position of the river inflows and outflows at Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma along with the reservoirs levels and the barrages Thursday was as under: Rivers: Indus at Tarbela: Inflows 70500 cusecs and Outflows 95000 cusecs, Kabul at Nowshera: Inflows 17000 cusecs and Outflows 17000 cusecs, Jhelum at Mangla: Inflows 13100 cusecs and Outflows 50000 cusecs, Chenab at Marala: Inflows 20500 cusecs and Outflows 8000 cusecs.
Barrages: Jinnah: Inflows 121400 cusecs and Outflows 113400 cusecs, Chashma: Inflows 114600 cusecs and Outflows 117000 cusecs, Taunsa: Inflows 100800 cusecs and Outflows 85100 cusecs, Panjnad: Inflows 12800 cusecs and Outflows Nil, Guddu: Inflows 81400 cusecs and Outflows 62300 cusecs, Sukkur: Inflows 59100 cusecs and Outflows 10800 cusecs, Kotri: Inflows 34600 cusecs and Outflows 8400 cusecs.
Source: Business Recorder