HYDERABAD: Decrying the shortage of water in the irrigation system, the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has accused Punjab of stealing Sindh's share of water.
The SCA went on to accuse the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) for failing to enforce equitable water distribution and by doing so raising questions over its autonomous status.
Sindh lawmakers blame Punjab for ‘stealing’ water
An SCA meeting was held on Sunday where participants requested the Sindh government to raise the matter in the Council of Common Interests. "Barrages in Punjab are facing only 10% water scarcity but there is 35% shortage at the Sukkur Barrage and 55% at the Kotri Barrage," claimed SCA general secretary Nabi Bux Sathio.
He said both provinces are supposed to bear the shortage equitably. The meeting called upon the Sindh government to take a stern stance over the problem with the federal government and IRSA.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2017.