Karachi: The provincial irrigation minister Jam Shoro while replying to a question of the lawmakers said that there are as many as 64 small dams being constructed in the various areas of the province. He said that 116 small dams have already been constructed. He informed that Thado Dam in Gadap Town can store up to a 17,000-acre foot of water but the problem arises during monsoon when there is a problem arises due to excess of water as each dam is built on a specific basis.
In a reply to the question raised by the GDA’s Dr. M Rafique, the minister said that since 2018, from March to August, the water was not being released downstream Kotri. He replied to a query that every year 5,000 cusecs of water should be released to Kotri so as to save delta. He said, “This water is not available despite the constant raising of voices by the Sindh government, and about 32 lac hectares of land has been lost.”
The minister while replying to a question said that the irrigation department has appointed 40 assistant executive engineers in 2018 to improve the irrigation system of the province. The minister replied to a question of the MQM and said that demand from the growers for Sukkur Barrage had not been received. He said, “However, survey study work has started for the substitute of the barrage.” He added that recently modernization of the Sukkur Barrage project has been approved with the cooperation of the World Bank. The modernization work, he said, was the replacement of all barrage and canal head regulator gates and repair and rehabilitation of civil work structures.