Pakistan’s reservoirs had received 62% less water than estimated this year, Chairman Indus River System Authority (IRSA) Rao Irshad Ali Khan said Monday.
The development came to light during a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water Resources, with Nawab Yousuf Talpur in the chair.
The IRSA chairman, while briefing the committee, berated the Sindh government and said that on the one hand, it opposes constructing new dams and on the other, it demands additional water supply.
Responding to the IRSA chairman’s comments, an MNA from Sindh said the province was not being provided 5,000 cusecs of water, which was reserved as its quota.
On the occasion, Punjab Minister for Irrigation Mohsin Leghari said that the issue should not be politicised. the Council of Common Interests is looking into the matter and has asked the attorney general to resolve it.
A representative of the Attorney General’s Office said that the issue of water was more political than technical and should be resolved in the forum of the CCI.
The committee’s chairman said that in the next meeting, the attorney general should come in person and give a briefing on the solution of the water distribution problem through IRSA’s record.
Meanwhile, the committee was also informed that the country faced a 17% shortage of water supply during the Kharif season.