IRSA meeting today
ISLAMABAD: Indus River System Authority (IRSA) Chairman Amanullah Khattak has called a meeting today to review the availability of water for wheat crops.
The meeting will be attended by provincial irrigation secretaries, engineers from the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and IRSA members.
An official source said IRSA would use the meeting to finalise plans to distribute current water resources among the provinces for the coming wheat crop as well as reviewing water shortages.
The source quoted IRSA officials as saying the country currently had sufficient water resources, ruling out the possibility of future shortages. IRSA officials said the country was likely to receive normal rainfall during the winter season. The source said that at the start of Rabi, IRSA had estimated a 44 percent water scarcity. He added that reduced water resources were being supplied to provinces.
He went on to say that Sindh would have used six percent of its water shares after November 20, while Punjab had used 13 percent less than its share.