ISLAMABAD - To meet the demand of the lower riparian areas, Indus River System Authority has decided not to release water to Punjab from Indus zone, while it has doubled the water supply to Sindh.

With the current trend in water flows in Indus zone it seems that the water shortage will come down to 8pc projected by IRSA Advisory Committee for the early Kharif Season, Spokesperson IRSA Khalid Rana told The Nation.

Last week the shortage for the provinces has almost reached 52pc, but due to improvement in availability of water in Indus zone now it is predicted that within next few days it will come down to 8pc,he explained. He said that for the improvement of the water availability situation in lower riparian areas, IRSA has put intend of Punjab province for supply of water from Indus zone on hold. Punjab will meanwhile meet its demand from Jhelum and Chenab rivers, he said. As the situation improves Punjab will start receiving water from the Indus Zone, he added.

The water supply in Sindh province will see improvement in next four to five days, as IRSA has increased the province supply from earlier 33000 cusecs to 62000 cusecs, Khalid Rana said. He said that due to the recent rains in the catchment areas water flows in Indus and Kabul have almost doubled, which has enabled the regulator to increase the Sindh share. The water flows in river Indus on May 5 have increased to 66800 cusecs from the last Friday flows of 33900 cusecs. Similarly, in River Kabul the flows have jumped to 39900 cusecs from 15100 cusecs last week.

To meet demand for lower riparian areas

IRSA doubles water supply to Sindh

He said that within the past three days due to increased flows in river Indus, Tarbela level has jumped to 1405 feet from the earlier dead level of 1392 feet.

As per the official data, on Thursday total inflows in the rivers were 173500 cusecs and total outflows were 154200 cusecs.

Inflows in river Indus at Tarbela were 66800 cusecs and outflows 53600 cusecs. Inflows in Kabul at Nowshera were 39900 cusecs and outflows 39900 cusecs. Inflows in Jhelum at Mangla were 39600 cusecs and outflows 33500 cusecs.

Tarbela against the minimum operating level of 1392 feet is presently at 1405 feet. Maximum conservation level of Tarbella is 1550 feet. Mangla against the minimum operating level of 1050 feet is presently at 1080.85 feet. The maximum conservation level of Mangla is 1242 feet. Chashma against the minimum operating level of 638.15 feet is presently at 640.50 feet. The maximum conservation level of Chashma is 649 feet.