KARACHI – The Sindh government on Thursday repeated its demand to the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) that Karachi be allocated water quota from the share of the four provinces, keeping in view its status of a business hub and its housing large concentrations of people from other federating units, besides Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

“As the IRSA and other provinces have not yet

agreed (to this proposal), Sindh has decided to take its case to the Council of Common Interests (CCI),” said Sindh Minister for Irrigation Jam Saifullah Dharejo while responding to queries of lawmakers during the Sindh Assembly’s session.

It may be mentioned here that the IRSA recently allocated quota for the Capital, Islamabad, from the water share of all the provinces.

“The Sindh government will put its demand before the federal government and IRSA, with a proposal to give special consideration to the water needs of the people of Karachi,” added Dharejo.

About the demand and supply of water for Karachi, the minister informed the House that at present, 1,200 cusecs of water was being provided to Karachi under the water accord of 1991. “The Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) has demanded another 1,200 cusecs of water from the Sindh government to meet the growing water needs in the metropolis, in phases under and for the K-4 project scheduled to be completed by 2025.”

He further said that in the first phase, the water utility (KWSB) demanded 500 cusecs of water for the city by the year 2018, and the remaining by 2025.

Dharejo also said the target of 1,200 cusecs water for Karachi would be fulfilled through ending water losses in the canals by lining the KB feeder, the main source of water from Indus River to Keenjhar Lake.

He promised that the Sindh government would fulfill the water needs of the city and that assistance of other provinces was required for it.

Humera Alwani of the ruling PPP drew the attention of the House to the critical shortage of water in rural areas of Thatta. Another PPP lawmaker, Muhammad Nawaz Chandio, who hails from Badin, drew the attention of the House towards the water shortage in Badin district. He complained that the breaches in the water canals had so far not been plugged.