ISLAMABAD - Unhappy with the IRSA decision of imposing 21.5 percent cut on its water share, the provinces of Punjab and Sindh have demanded to convene Advisory Committee meeting to review the decision, as it will have a negative impact on the Kharif Crops.

Baluchistan has once again raised the issue of water theft by the Sindh province and demanded of IRSA, if Sindh was not ready to provide its share, then impose 40 percent cut on the Sindh share, official source told The Nation here Sunday. 

To review the issue of imposition of cut on the water share of Punjab and Sindh and the matter of Baluchistan share of water, IRSA has convened a meeting of the advisory committee on Tuesday.

Official sources said that the provincial irrigation department of Sindh had approached chairman IRSA for the review of the decision but after the authority’s chief showed alleged cold shoulder, the province later contacted Secretary Water and Power Yusuf Dhaga to help in addressing the issue. After the Dhaga interference IRSA has now convened the meeting of the advisory committee, the source informed.

Similarly, the Punjab irrigation department is also not satisfied with the decision and wants a review of the decision. According the view of both the provinces, the water cut imposed by IRSA will adversely affect the Kharif crops in these provinces.

It is pertinent to mention here that keeping in view the depleting water levels in Tarbella reservoir, the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) last week cut the water share of both Punjab and Sindh by 21.5 percent.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of IRSA which  had decided that Sindh will be given around 27 percent less water while Punjab’s share will be 14.2  percent less.

During the meeting too, Sindh dissented and demanded 40 percent water losses, instead of 20 percent but finally the matter was decided through voting and the decision was taken by a 3 to 2 majority.

Similarly Baluchistan has once again approached IRSA to resolve the dispute between Sindh and Balochistan. Balochistan has time and again protested that it has received 40 percent less water so far.

According to the Balochistan government, the province has no separate canal to extract its share from the barrages, and all supplies to the province are regulated by Sindh through its own system.

Due to control over the regulation system at barrages as well as parent channels, Sindh allegedly draws more water than apportioned to it as per the Water Apportionment Accord agreed among the provinces in 1991, leaving Balochistan in a disadvantageous position.

Although it was decided that, for the resolution of the issue, a committee would be constituted which will visit both the provinces and meet their chief secretaries and irrigation officials to ascertain the real situation and the causes for the losses caused to Balochistan.

Now Baluchistan came with a new proposal and asked IRSA if Sindh was ready to provide its share of water then the authority should impose 40 percent cut on the Sindh water share.