Punjab, Sindh ‘water rivalry’ deepens amid PPP protest, PTI independent observers demand

Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has formally asked Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to deploy independent observers on the barrages of Punjab and Sindh.

Punjab Irrigation Department tweeted, “We hope that these observers will be deployed as soon as possible to clear up any misunderstandings.”

Earlier, Indus System River Authority (Irsa) announced that Sindh share was increased by 35,000 cusecs after water inflow in rivers was increased by 24 percent.

After increase, Sindh water share stands at 109,000 cusecs. In a statement, Irsa said that Punjab water share has also been increased by 18,000 cusecs and 1000,000 cusecs water is being provided to Punjab.

Irsa said the water shortfall has been reduced from 32 to 18 percent. The water body reiterated that Irsa is providing water to the provinces as per the 1991 agreement.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar proposed deployment of ‘independent observers’ at Punjab and Sindh barrages. Punjab CM said parliamentarians from all over the country, especially from Sindh, to visit Punjab barrages. He said the visiting lawmakers will be provided with accurate data of water emission.

The chief minister said that this initiative will help in the ‘equitable distribution’ of water among the provinces. And it will also help in clearing the misunderstandings between the provinces on the water issue.

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