Sindh objects to water release in CJ Link Canal

KARACHI Raising objections over the release of water into Chashma Jehlum Link Canal from Indus River, the Government of Sindh on Saturday decided to take up the issue before inter-provincial ministerial meeting. The opening of CJ Link Canal always remained issue of differences between Sindh and Punjab provinces, as former believes that flowing of water in the CJ Canal is unlawful and violation of 1991 water accord, which has also led scarcity of water in the province. The sources said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim took the up issue during a meeting with Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Raza Rabbani and Federal Minister for Petroleum Syed Naveed Qamar, who has been assigned additional charge of Ministry of Water and Power on Saturday. They also discussed issues pertaining to transfer of powers from federal government and inter-provincial problems after the adoption and approval of 18th amendment. The meeting also discussed matters in detail regarding the situation created after devolution of various government departments. It was reaffirmed that the programme will be fully implemented after the adoption and approval of 18th amendment in the constitution. The meeting was further informed that all the departments mentioned under concurrence list, will be transferred to the provinces. The meeting further reaffirmed that the 18th amendment so approved under the constitution would be fully implemented in letter and spirit. The meeting also reviewed the progress of five ministries devolved under programme, while the five more ministries to be transferred to provinces up to March 2011, while other allied issues were also discussed. According to official statement issued by CM House, the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah further said that there is acute shortage of water in River Indus and three to four districts are facing drought conditions, and people are facing hardships. He urged the Federal Minister for water and power to look into the water scarcity and help in closing of CJ Canal immediately. Other issues were also discussed in the meeting, which was also attended by Sindh Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs Muhammad Ayaz Soomro and Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.

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