CM inspects Sukkur Barrage repairs

Irrigation Secretary Zareef Khero briefed CM about extent of damage

APP June 25, 2024
Sukkur Barrage would become useless in the next 10 years if the water reservoir was not rehabilitated. PHOTO: FILE


Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Monday visited the Sukkur Barrage to inspect the situation and repair works of gates no 44 and 47.

Irrigation Secretary Zareef Khero briefed the Chief Minister about the extent of the damage and combating the emergent situation that necessary repair works of both gates were started on an emergency basis by utilising all available resources with the irrigation department.

He said that the Irrigation Department is determined to repair both gates and restore supplies to all canals off-taking from Sukkur Barrage today.CM Sindh said that a five-member investigative committee has been already formed to probe into the damage to the gates of Sukkur Barrage and to determine the cause of damage. He said that the committee has also been directed to determine the causes of the incident.

Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro announced that concerted efforts are underway to restore water supply to the canals by expeditiously activating Sukkur Barrage on Monday.

Shoro’s statement comes as a relief to farmers and agriculturalists in the region, who have been facing severe water scarcity due to damage to the barrage’s gates.

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


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