ISLAMABAD - As water flow in the rivers has further decreased, Indus River System Authority has announced new sharing order under which Punjab and Sindh will face 66 percent and 54 percent shortage, respectively.

As per the sharing order announced by Indus River System Authority Monday, Taunsa-Panjnad Link Canal will be closed down from today (Tuesday), said Irsa Director Regulations Khalid Rana in an interaction with media persons.

Regarding the provincial share, he said the Punjab’s share was 20,800 cusecs, Sindh’s 18,000, Balochistan’s 3,000 and KP’s 2,400 cusecs. As the river flow has once again tumbled, the Punjab share on the Indus system has decreased to 4,000 cusecs which include 2,000 from Thal Canal and another 2,000 from CJ Link Canal, he said.

He stated that with decrease in the rivers’ flow, the current shortage of Punjab is 66 percent and that of Sindh 54 percent while there is no shortage for Balochistan and KP. The difference in shortages between Punjab and Sindh is because of reduced flows in the rivers Jhelum and Chenab, Khalid Rana maintained.

The Irsa also issued water account report and the shortage faced by the provinces during the period from October 1, 2017, to March 10, 2018. According the report, Punjab faced 31 percent shortage, Sindh 32 percent, Balochistan 7 percent and KP faced 21 percent water shortage. Similarly, Punjab utilised 11.9 MAF against its share of 17.3 MAF, Sindh’s share is 13.4 MAF, but the province utilised 9.13 MAF, Balochistan 1.05 MAF against its share of 1.12 MAF and KP utilised only 0.46 MAF water against its allocated share of 0.56 MAF.

As per the position of the rivers’ inflow and outflow at Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma, inflow in Indus at Tarbela was 14,800 cusecs and outflow 14,200 cusecs, inflow in Kabul at Nowshera was 4,300 cusecs and outflow 4,300 cusecs, and inflow in Jhelum at Mangla was 8,600 cusecs and outflow 9,800 cusecs while inflow in Chenab at Marala was 5,900 cusecs and outflow 2,000 cusecs.

Against the minimum operating level of 1,386 feet, Tarbela’s present level is 1,386 feet and the maximum conservation level of the reservoir is 1,550 feet. Similarly, against the minimum operating level of 1,040 feet in Mangla, the present level is 1,050 feet. The maximum conservation level of Mangla is 1,242 feet. Against the minimum operating level of 637 feet of Chashma reservoir, the present level is 638.15 feet. The maximum conservation level of Chashma is 649 feet.