Irsa has Hit Sindh After Issuing a Certificate of Opposition

The debate on the nomination of a federal member of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) in Sindh has not yet been resolved by the federal government, but Irsa has hit Sindh after issuing a Certificate of Opposition (NOC) to establish a 25MW power plant in Punjab. . The Chashma-Jhelum (CJ) link canal, which Sind is concerned about, can actually make CJ a perennial channel.

The Punjab and the Sindh

It was once again emphasized between the Punjab and the Sindh, the rivers downstream of the Indus. Sindh members of a retired official, Irsa Syed Mazhar Ali Shah, objected to the proposal introduced in the NOC issued October 18. Irsa surprisingly refused to issue a NOC ahead of a majority vote of 3: 2 at the October 9 meeting.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa members, according to the minutes, subscribed to Sindh's views at the meeting that CJ was a sub-canal canal. Irsa agreed with Sindh members' claims.” I read October 9th.  However, at a meeting on October 17, all the saints disagreed with the views of the members of the Sindh and suddenly changed their mind after Irsa announced the NOC.

God knows better why KP members and President Balochistan / Irsa suddenly changed their views," Sindh's member said.

According to the NOC document

The CJ Link Canal is a fatty canal and is therefore not monitored by Irsa. It seems to be a conditional NOC, but “Irsa does not promise or guarantee an exclusive water supply for the development of CJ Link Canal”. Given the history of water disputes between the riparian Punjab and the Sindh, such a NOC did not go well with the Sindh.

We believe it is an attempt to convert the CJ Link canal into a perennial canal so that the Punjab can draw water from the Indus river at the cost of the Sindh region from the [India] river. From Sind's water problem.

The decision on the NOC was decided by a 4: 1 majority vote, a member of Punjab, a federal member (chairman of the Federal Flood Commission in the absence of eternity), and a KP member and Irsa president in favor of the NOC.

According to Shah

Chairman Irsa votes when there is a tie. “After three votes on the NOC, the chairman also voted. So mine was the only one against this, ”Shah said. Members of Sindh observed that CJ is a fatty canal and Sindh's NOC is mandatory. Second, he said Irsa was not required to issue a NOC. “So the document is defective.

Irsa said the water regulator Irsa does not supply water exclusively for the development of CJ Link Canal. Why is the document [NOC] issued if the flow of water is not guaranteed?

Legal questions

Discussing the legal implications, Sindh's global spokesman Zamir Ghumro pointed out that a majority vote could not determine the interpretation of the law. Ghumro said, “Interpreting the law is private and this issue has to go to the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra).

Irsa is required to regulate inter-regional water distribution under the Irsa Act 1992, established under the Water Allocation Convention of 1992, which accounts for 10 daily quotas throughout the year.  Given Water Accord in 1991, Sindh had a close share of 50% of the total water distribution of 48.76 MAF in Carripe and Ravi over the two seasons compared to the Punjab of 55.94 MAF.

KP and Balochistan had a nominal share of 114.35MAF of the total water distribution. How can I issue such a NOC when Sindh, the main shareholder in water distribution between states, makes a serious reservation on a very true and legal basis? ”Said the irrigation officer.

CJ Link Canal also added that

It was part of the Indus replacement that was executed after signing the 1960 Indus Water Treaty 1960. "Punjab created nine works without Sindh's understanding. The 22,000 cusecs capacity CJ Link, which supplies the Greater Thal Canal, draws water from the Indus and feeds it into the farmland, mainly from the Mangla Dam, built on the Jhelum River. Supply.

The Punjab receives water from Indus through the CJ Link Canal during Carrib when Sindri has to meet the needs of early farmers in Carrib sowing. Punjab does not get water from the manglas, which are filled from April to May in Manda.

Sindh's position should not always open the CJ link during this period, and Punjab should provide a stake in Mangla Dam to meet Sindh's water requirements for Tarbela Dam, built on Indus for early sowing of cotton and summer crops. . But Sindh always takes a cold attitude.

Sindh's concern is that once the NOC is issued to the power plant, Punjab will need water all year round, so CJ Link Cana will be a permanent waterway, so Sindh can never support such a proposal. During the Carleaf season, Irsa announces a water shortage of 30 to 40 pcs.

Last control point of Indus

For Kotri Barrage (last control point of Indus), 75pc remains due to system loss. And for the power plant to be installed at CJ Link Canal, obviously water flow is needed, and Sindh's farmers will assume that no water will be supplied during the Ravi season of the Winter Legion. Abrar Kazi, who did research on Sindh's water problem and wrote a book, believed that Sindh needed water when Wapda preferred to fill Mangla Dam.

Wapda stores water, but does not satisfy the thirsty person. It happens every year. Sindh is already arguing with the federal government about nominating a federal member in Sindh. The Federal Minister of Water refused to accept two members from Sindh in Irsa, while Sindh said that federal members were also appointed in Sindh under the administrative order of Pervez Musharraf Gen, which is lawfully applied in the 17th Amendment.

A.G.N. The Abbasi-led technical committee on water resources formed by the Musharraf chapter also questioned the operational standards for the filling of the Link Canal (Chashma-Jhelum and Taunsa-Panjnad) and Mangla Dam.

The report stated that it was stored in Mangla during periods of water scarcity and was poured or wasted in the surplus period. The water stored in Mangla is not fully utilized in the Ravi season for many years. This is very regrettable, ”excerpted from the report.
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