PTI government faces an unexpected blow on economic front

PTI government faces an unexpected blow on economic front

ISLAMABAD - PTI government faces yet another crisis as the water shortage is set to impact the upcoming Rabi season.

A 45 percent shortage of water is going to affect agricultural yield and economic output.

The water shortfall would stand between 35-45 percent during the upcoming Rabi season 2018-19, the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) apprised the Senate Special Committee on Water Scarcity on Thursday, reports *Dawn.*

The committee meeting chaired by Senator Maula Bux Chandio was apprised Tarbela Dam had attained maximum conservation level of 1,150 feet and current temperatures in the catchment areas presently were promising.

This signifies the depletion for irrigation during present Kharif season would mostly remain curbed.

Also, the committee was apprised the overall storage capacity in reservoirs presently stood around 9.255 million-acre feet (MAF), 32.4 percent less of its full capacity, which is 13.681 MAF.

In the same period last year, the reserve stood around 12.08 MAF, almost 24 percent lower.

Furthermore, the panel was told about the current water shortage and Secretary Water Resources Shumail Ahmed Khwaja stated the country was losing almost 50 percent of its overall water capacity and bemoaned infrastructure worth billions of dollars had been established by the federal government.

But the failure of provinces to match these efforts had made it useless.