Efforts underway to restore water supply to canals by activating Sukkur Barrage: Shoro

Prompt action expected to bring relief to millions of farmers

SUKKUR   -  Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro announced on Monday that concerted efforts are underway to restore water supply to the canals by expeditiously activating the Sukkur Barrage. Farmers and agriculturalists in the region facing severe water scarcity due to damage to the barrage’s gates have taken sigh of relief after the minister’s statement.

Jam Khan Shoro has assured that the necessary repairs and maintenance work were being carried out on a war footing to ensure that the barrage is restored to its optimal functioning level.

He has also directed the concerned authorities to take all necessary measures to minimise the disruption to water supply and ensure that the canals are replenished at the earliest.

The prompt action was expected to bring relief to millions of farmers in Sindh, who are dependent on the water supply from the Sukkur Barrage for their crops.

The minister’s assurance has come as a breather for the agricultural sector in the region, which was facing severe distress due to the damage to the barrage. In a statement issued from Sukkur, Jam Khan Shoro provided an update on the repair works at Sukkur Barrage.

He announced that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Gate No 47 has been prepared, paving the way for its restoration. Sindh irrigation minister told that the Chinese engineers are currently working on the repair of Gate No 44, which was already underway before the recent accident.

The minister’s statement aims to reassure that the necessary steps are being taken to restore the barrage to its optimal functioning level, ensuring the timely supply of water to the canals and supporting the agricultural sector in the region. The provincial minister added that a camp has been set up at Sukkur Barrage, engineers and experts were working day and night. Jam Khan Shoro also said that a committee has been formed to investigate the damage to the gates of Sukkur Barrage, which will give a report in 5 days.

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