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December 7, 2017

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Water reduced in reservoirs, PAC told

ISLAMABAD: The revelations made before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday that water reservoirs have reduced to 57,000 Million Acre Feet (MAF) in comparison with last year while the country has capability of water reservoir only 10 percent.
The Public Accounts Committee held its meeting on Wednesday with the chair of its Chairman Syed Khursheed Shah in which the Water Resources Division gave the briefing to committee on the situation of water reservoirs in the country.
Expressing concern on the situation of water reservoirs in the country, Chairman PAC Syed Khursheed Shah remarked that level of water reservoirs in Pakistan is at its lowest level and if there were no successive martial laws in the past, another 10 bigger water reservoirs had been constructed.
While giving briefing, Secretary Water Division told the committee that there was reduction of water in the water reservoirs which was recorded during the ongoing year in comparison of last year and reduction of 57,000 MAF was recorded while the country has the capability of only 10 percent reserving the water.
He said the Mangl and Tarbell dams have the capability of reserved water to 8.13 million acre feet and till to date there was recorded reduction of 40 to 50 percent. He told the committee that three dams have the capacity of water reservoirs of 137 MAF while 93 MAF water released for the agriculture purpose and around 29 MAF water gone into the sea from Kotri Barage. The PAC sought the details of the distribution of water among provinces.
The Secretary Water Resources Division told the committee that a delegation of World Bank is arriving tomorrow for the negotiation of the Indus Water Treaty and before this meeting, Inter-ministerial meeting be held in which the officials of the Foreign Office and Attorney General would also be present.

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