Irsa report reveals fidgeting in water flow data at barrages

Cites misreporting in inflow and outflow figures of water from Gaddu, Sukkur and Kotri barrages

By: News Desk      Published: 02:43 PM, 27 May, 2021
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File photo of Sukkur barrage.

An Indus River System Authority report reveals fidgeting in the units of flow, citing misreporting in the inflow and outflow data of water from Gaddu, Sukkur and Kotri barrages, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Irsa on Thursday brought into focus the misreporting in measuring the flow of water from Gaddu, Sukkur and Kotri barrages. The report also bore the signatures of water regulatory body’s members of Punjab and Sindh provinces. 

According to Irsa, 14 percent misreporting was observed in the water apportionment from Guddu barrage. The Irsa was provided with wrong figures regarding the outflow from Guddu barrage which was reported 27,000 cusecs less than the actual outflow. 

There was also an alteration in the inflow and outflow figures from Sukkur barrage. According to the data, the outflow from Sukkur barrage was stated 6,000 cusecs instead of 15,000 cusecs. 

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The Guddu administration told Irsa that the water losses were reduced from 21 percent to seven percent. 

But in reality, water is being wasted in huge quantity from Taunsa to Gaddu barrages.

The misreporting on Guddu and Sukkur barrages was brought into the notice of the Ministry for Water Resource. 

The Irsa report said that a large portion of water was being stolen from River Sindh. It also revealed that skewed water gadgets were installed over Guddu barrage. 

According to the report, water was overflowing the gates of Guddu and Sukkur barrages. It said water was being stolen from one canal by attaching 50 water pipes.