Karachi facing acute water shortage: Sindh irrigation minister

KARACHI: The problem of water scarcity has reached Karachi as Sindh has continually been receiving much less water than its share of river water, says Sindh Irrigation Minister Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal.

The water crisis is deepening in the province, he said, adding that apart from the less release of water, the federal government had been doing injustice to Sindh in power and gas supply, and insufficient release of funds under the National Finance Commission award.

Siyal was speaking on Friday to the media during a visit to the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Clifton for Youm-e-Dua observed in Sindh on the appeal of the Sindh government to end the persisting water crisis,

The Guddu Barrage in Sindh had been facing water shortage, but the Sindh government had to face the baseless accusation of stealing water from the share of Balochistan, he said.

The irrigation minister said every canal in Sindh was facing water shortage, but the government’s complaints had fallen on deaf ears.

He said the provincial authorities had lodged over 40 FIRs against instances of irrigation water meant for cultivation being stolen.