ISLAMABAD -  Four major rivers received 6 percent less water flows as against the maximum anticipation of Indus River System Authority (IRSA) for the Rabi season.

IRSA’s maximum anticipation, from October 1 to November 20 of Rabi season, was 7.656 million acre feet (MAF) flows in four rivers, Indus, Kabul, Jhelum and Marala, but flows in rivers were around 7.199 MAF, said the official documents released here.

Three anticipations were made by IRSA regarding water flows in rivers, which were maximum anticipation, minimum anticipation and average anticipation. According to IRSA, there was 4 percent less water than the minimum anticipation and 1 percent less than average anticipation.

According the review of water situation, from October 1st till November 20th, it was stated that the water flows in river Indus were higher than the maximum anticipation. IRSA anticipated flows of 3.906 MAF water in river Indus but the flows were 3.952 MAF. However, flows in river Kabul, Jhelum and Marala were considerably lower than the maximum anticipations. The maximum anticipation of flow for Kabul was 1.150 MAF but the actual flows were 1.025 MAF, in Jhelum the actual flows were 0.922 MAF against the anticipated 1.174 MAF and in Marala actual flows were 1.301 MAF against the anticipated 1.426 MAF.

Similarly, the outflows from Tarbella and Mangla dams were also 10 percent less than the IRSA’s maximum anticipation of 10.495 MAF, for the Rabi season. IRSA maximum anticipation of Tarbela outflow was 6.685 MAF, however, the releases from the dam were 5.911 MAF. From Mangla dam, IRSA had anticipated 3.810 MAF outflow, however the actual outflows were 3.566 MAF. According to the data of the provinces withdrawal from the canals, provinces’ overall withdrawal was 5 percent less than the maximum anticipated withdrawal. However, Sindh withdrawal was higher than the anticipated one. It was anticipated that Sindh will withdraw 4.755 MAF of water, however, the province’s withdrawal was 5.012 MAF. 

Meanwhile, Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has also announced the annual canals closure for Punjab and Sindh, for annual maintenance and de-silting, from December 26 to January 30th.

According to the details, Lower Jhelum Canal, Upper Chenab Canal and Rasul Qadirabad Link will be closed from 26th December to January 12, 2017. Qadirabad Balloki Link and Jhang Branch of Lower Chenab Canal will be closed from December 27 to January 13 while Lower Bari Doab Canal, Balloki Suleimanki Link will be closed from December 29 to 15 January.

Upper Pakpattan Canal and Eastern Sadiqia Canal will stay closed from December 30 to January 16.Taunsa Canal will stay closed from December 31 to January 17 and Panjnad Canals will be closed from January 3rd to January 20th.

Upper Jhelum Canal and Lower Pakpattan Canal will be closed from January 12 to January 29. Lower Jhelum Canal (except Jhang Branch), Thal Canal, Lower Bahawal Canal and Upper Bahawal Canal will be closed from January 13 to 30.

Trimmu Canal and Trimmu Sidhnai Link will stay closed from January 10 to January 27.Sidhnai Canal and SMB Link will be closed from January 11 to January 28.

The official, however, said that the closure of Lower Chenab Canal and off taking of Trimmu/Sidhnai may have to be slightly extended to complete the work at New Khanki Barrage and Trimmu Barrage.