Water shortage looming as Met officials blame wrong information
By: Dilshad Azeem
ISLAMABAD: The uncontrolled monsoon water has started running into the sea with existing reservoirs far below their storage capacity despite their yearly deadline expired six weeks back.
“We have no option but to let the unpredictable monsoon water flow into the sea without its regulation mainly due to non-existence of required reservoirs,” said officials here Tuesday. The Indus River System Authority (Irsa), being water regulators, and Wapda, often managed to fill the reservoirs up to their maximum by June 10 every year.
“Besides dearth of the dams, this year incorrect information was passed on about the rain spells which resulted in the dams not filled even up to half of the capacity,” they said.At least 6,000 cusecs of water daily goes into the ocean since rain spells started in current month. “The country is looking for huge quantum to fill the Tarbela and Mangla dams.”
Pakistan received a total water of 323,508 cusecs against outflow of 308,056 only 18,000 to 19,000 was stored after 6,000 cusecs went into the sea from Kotri barrage downstream, they said.
The latest statistics, released by Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), provide that 6,203 cusecs went into the sea on Tuesday where as 43,843 cusecs were canal withdrawals at Kotri barrage system. The Tarbela has a level of 1459.35 feet against its dead level of 1378 ft and maximum water storage point of 1550 ft as present conservation stands at 2.058 maf, almost one third of its full capacity.
As far as Mangla reserviour is concerned, its current level is 1149.35 ft against 1040 ft dead level. Its highest conservation point is 1242 ft and its storage is 1.957 maf. Likewise Chashma barrage has present level of 644 ft against dead level of 637 ft and maximum level of 649 ft as stored water in it is 0.108 maf.