KARACHI - Sindh government has approached President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani demanding the restoration of 1991 Water Accord, sources told The Nation on Sunday. Currently, the provinces are sharing water as per formula enforced during PPP government in 1994 on the recommendation of a Ministerial Committee headed by the then federal minister for water and power, Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar. But Sindh is getting less water than its due share. According to an official privy to the matter, the provincial government had written a letter to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, requesting them to revive the 1991 Water Accord. "If the 1991 Water Accord is restored, Sindh will get more water than two MAF additional in a season", he said, adding that under the constitution, the first priority of the federal government should be the provision of water for irrigation. But, instead, he said the govt preferred to store water in dams and generate hydel power that causes shortage of water in the country. The official informed that Sindh has asked the federal government to end discrimination in the water storage and distribution system. Meanwhile, official sources said that during the Kharif season, the province gets 28.80 MAF water on historic basis. However, if the 1991 Water Accord is restored, the province would get 33.94 MAF water for this season, they added. "For Rabi season Sindh's share is 14.80 MAF, but it will be increased to 14.91 MAF after the restoration of 1991 Accord." "As the PPP has formed government in the centre and in Sindh, the party has decided to re-negotiate the water-sharing mechanism with a view to provide more water to the province," sources added. An official of the Irrigation Department said that the 1991 Water Accord was signed among the provinces, on the availability of 117 MAF. However, since then the quantity of water available for distribution declined steadily and during the past few years it further fell to 75-80 MAF, he added. "To enhance the water storage capacity, federal and Sindh governments have planned to construct dams such as Bhasha and 30 small dams with view to meet the growing irrigation needs.