1991 Water Accord should be implemented in letter and spirit: Syed Murad Ali Shah

By: Adeel alvi

SUKKUR: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said the inter-provincial water agreement was not being implemented since 2000 and the water situation is turning critical.

He was talking to the media persons along with Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah on Saturday during his visit to Sukkur Barrage to review the water situation, where he was briefed by the irrigation department officials.

The Sindh CM said he had requested Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to convene a meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI), adding that the 1991 Water Accord should be implemented in letter and spirit.

He said the Tarbela Dam was down by nine percent in April 2021, while Sindh is being given 25 percent less water this year than the previous year. He said the CCI could not overturn a decision it made in 2003, adding that 40 percent less water had been allocated to Sindh, which adversely affected the cotton crop.“Due to water shortage all over the country, Sindh also experienced severe water scarcity that reached up to 40 percent.”

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