Balochistan to take up water issue with Sindh

QUETTA: During a consultative meeting of the members of Balochistan Assembly from Nasirabad Division, the issue of water shortage in Nasirabad Division was reviewed and measures to address the problem were discussed.

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Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani announced that a parliamentary delegation would be sent to Sindh at a meeting of the Council of Common Interests so that Balochistan could get its due share from the Indus River under the Water Apportionment Accord.

Former CM and MPA Jan Mohammad Jamali, MPA Yar Mohammad Rind, Provincial Ministers Tariq Magsi, Mir Omar Khan Jamali, Mir Saleem Khan Khosa, Mir Mohammad Khan Lehri and Mir Sikandar Ali Umrani, Chief Secretary Dr Akhtar Nazeer and DC Nasirabad attended the meeting.

As 900 cubic feet less water was being supplied from Pat Feeder Canal, farmers and growers have been facing serious water shortage. The drainage is being mixed in Pat Feeder Canal in the Kashmore area, and diseases have also been on a rise in Nasirabad Division.

Balochistan government has decided to immediately begin de-silting, remodelling and lining of Pat Feeder Canal through its own resources. The Irrigation Department has also been directed to prepare a comprehensive strategy in this regard.

The meeting approved the construction of two structures upon Kachhi Canal and Pat Feeder Canal. Along with talking to the Sindh government, the regulatory system of Kherther Canal’s will also be shifted.

The federal government will also be directed to brief about the completion of Phase-I and commencement of work on Phase-II and III of Kachhi Canal.

Mr Alyani assured that the government would resolve the water shortage of Nasirabad Division, and would take further steps to provide relief to the farmers and growers.

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