KARACHI - Sindh Irrigation and Power Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Water Accord 1991 is not being implemented in letter and spirit since 1999-2000. However, the Sindh government has raised the issue with the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, requesting implementation on the Water Accord. He informed this in written answers to Sindh Assembly during question hour on Wednesday. But in contrast to the written answer provided to the Sindh Assembly, the Minister for Irrigation concerned in his verbal reply claimed that IRSA is following the water accord 9991 in distribution of water among all the four provinces. He said that he has visited the IRSA headquarter in Islamabad and inquired about any decision contradicting to the water accord 1991, but there was no any evidence of authoritys decision in this regard. Mr Shah said that instead of following the water accord, the adhoc ism was adhered by IRSA in water distribution among the provinces, adding that presently the water is being distributed on accord signed by four provinces in 1991. To another question regarding criteria for allocation of water amongst the provinces under the Water Accord, the minister showing unawareness regarding criteria in water allocation said there was no any official record about the evidence of 114MAF water which was made as base in Water Accord 1991 while allocating the share for provinces by IRSA. He further said that Sindh has not borne the water shortage more than any other province during current Kharif season. Replying to a question, the minister said that the water of Manchhar Lake was started polluting due to inflow of RBOD carrying saline water of MNV drain in 1999. Moreover, the decline in the inflow of fresh water of Indus River has further degraded the Manchhar Lake water, resulting in further increase in saline level in lake water, he said, adding that besides plan to convert the saline water of Manchhar Lake into sweet water through treatment plant by Wapda, the Sindh government has also initiating a rehabilitation scheme for the lake. Though, the treatment process of saline water is expensive for agricultural as well as drinking purpose, but it has been planned to treat saline water in less quantity during coming winter, which needs installation of 4 to 5 treatment plants, but Minister did not give deadline regarding implementing of this project. The minister conceded that RBOD and LBOD projects have caused further degradation of agricultural land due to loopholes in the design of the projects, while he also agreed to initiate investigation into the matter of billions of rupees paid in compensation on fake documents of land in RBOD project. Replying to another question regarding provision of supplying of drinking water to Karachi, he said that 1,185 cusecs water is being provided to Karachi from Indus River through Kenjhar Lake; however the Sindh government has proposed to IRSA to allocate water separately for Karachi. Meanwhile, PPP MPA Humera Alwani held responsible IRSA in failure of water share to Sindh and demanded that the government should sue IRSA because thousands of acres agricultural land destroyed due to salinity and water logging.