Published On: Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

Annual canal closure main cause of decline in water releases from reservoirs

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ISLAMABAD: The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) on Tuesday said that government is not engaging with IRSA, at any level, to make higher discharges from the storage units in the country.

In a statement issued here IRSA declined that the Federal & Provincial Authorities continue wrestling over Inter-Provincial matters to have more control over the domestic water regulator.

It is further clarified that the decline in water releases from the reservoirs is mainly due to annual canal closure which is a routine matter and followed every year during the period of late December to late January. The slashing of the reservoirs releases during December/January based on the Provincial withdrawal plans had been conveyed about three months back to all concerned i.e. WAPDA, NPCC, and Ministry of Water & Power.

IRSA officials told that the authority is not responsible for the increase of load-shedding in the country and IRSA Chief is not present in office and would preside a meeting on the issue on 26th December 2013.

Referring to news appearing in a press the official said that the present composition of IRSA was approved through the Act of Parliament under Act XXII of 1992. No emergency meeting is being called in IRSA to consider any proposal in this regard.