KARACHI - The repair work on dykes and bunds damaged during last floods in interior Sindh province may not be completed before paddy sowing season. The farming community is worried how the repair work would be completed in time with the paddy sowing season is round the corner i.e in April. If the work is not done in time it would not be possible to release water in Rice Canal which is the main source of cultivation of paddy in Larkana, Dadu and other areas. Their other concern is about the quality of the repair which has been compromised and may pose serious problem during monsoon season which is just four months away. Poor repair work is being blamed on shortage of fund and mismanagement of the fund already released. Reports suggest that people of area expressed their concern particularly on the repair work carried out on Akil-Aghani dyke, which suffered huge damage during floods. Residents of Sujawal, district Thatta, have expressed apprehensions over the delay in carrying out repair works on Munarki Bund, which was swept away in the flood. President Asif Ali Zardari aerially inspected the flood affected areas particularly Tori Bund and Akil Aghani Bund during his last visit to Sindh and had issued instruction for completion of the work in time. People in Ghotki also expressed concern over delay of repair work on 12 sensitive points of dykes in the area. They demanded removal of Zamindari Bund (Private) in the river, due to which, they alleged, some villages were washed away during flood and also swept away two minors girls. Irrigation experts are of the view that future volume of water in River Indus is not predictable and people have apprehension about the coming monsoon season. With fast moving time and formation of monsoon clouds gathering over Indian Ocean, farming community concern is growing fast. Irrigation experts said that last years flood had severely damaged the Akil-Aghani bund Larkana, where condition was vulnerable. About timely completion of rehabilitation works and strengthening of dyke, the experts said that it would be completed by end of May whereas paddy cultivation would start a month earlier in April. About constructing spurs, the experts said that normally it required six months to complete the study, but keeping in mind nature of the job, spurs could be constructed without model study. Immediately after the end of monsoon last year, work on the dyke should have been started but it was delayed. Local people stressed the need of constructing 80-foot apron while the government decided for constructing 30-foot apron. Irrigation sources said that after damages to Sukkur loop bund, the Akil-Aghani dyke served as the first defence line and it had the history of damages during the floods of 1986, 2003, 2006 and 2010. It may be mentioned here that the federal government had released Rs2.5 billion out of total committed amount of Rs5 billion while Sindh had released Rs1 billion which is not enough to carry out immediate and quick repair work.