As there is no shortage of water for irrigating the Rabi crops across the country, the Indus River System Authority is discharging 1,40,000 cusecs of water downstream the Tarbela and Mangla dams for maturity of the Rabi crops including strategic wheat, oilseeds, grams, vegetables, fodder for livestock and orchards.
According to Ist March WAPDA report about position of the river inflows and outflows at Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma along with the reservoirs levels and the barrages today, the water availability for irrigation, hydel power generation and drinking purposes is as under : Rivers: Indus at Tarbela: Inflows 17,000 cusecs and outflows 63,000 cusecs, Kabul at Nowshera: Inflows 9800 cusecs and outflows 9800 cusecs, Jhelum at Mangla: inflows 16,800 cusecs and Outflows 60,000 cusecs, Chenab at Marala: Inflows 7200 cusecs and outflows 3000 cusecs.
Barrages: Jinnah: Inflows 78700 cusecs and Outflows 70,700 cusecs, Chashma: Inflows 66,900 cusecs and Outflows 6,10,000 cusecs, Taunsa: Inflows 51,200 cusecs and Outflows 44500 cusecs, Panjnad: Inflows 24300 cusecs and Outflows 13,200 cusecs, Guddu: Inflows 46,000 cusecs and Outflows 40500 cusecs, Sukkur: Inflows 34,900 cusecs and Outflows 4000 cusecs, Kotri: Inflows 4,000 cusecs and Outflows Nil.
Reservoirs ( Level and Storage):
Tarbela: Minimum operating level 1380 feet, present level 1464.48 feet, maximum conservation level 1,550 feet, live storage today 2.092 million acre feet (MAF). Mangla: Minimum operating level 1040 feet, present level 1122.60 feet, maximum conservation level 1242 feet, live storage today 1.101 MAF. Chashma: Minimum operating level 637 feet, present level 641 feet, maximum conservation level 649 feet, live storage today 0.055 MAF.
Source: Business Recorder