HYDERABAD:The chairman Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) Muhammad Nawaz Chandio informed that for the first time in Sindh the provincial government was formulating a water policy to meet agricultural and other requirements of precious natural resource water.
Talking to the media after a consultative meeting with the farmers in the office of Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) here Sunday, he said in that regard the SIDA was collecting recommendations from all the stakeholders in every district of Sindh.
Chandio told that an important meeting over the water policy was scheduled for February 27 in Karachi. He assured that the natural waterways in the districts of southern Sindh would be restored.
The SIDA's Chairman also assured that adequate natural storage systems would be restored and formed for some 8 million cusecs of water which was wasted during the flood season. The chairman SIDA has claimed that around 4,000 cusecs water from Sindh's share in the Indus river is being stolen daily.
"The Sindh government is fighting the case to get its due share of water," he said. He requested the farmers to identify their problems and offered SIDA's help to resolve the same.
The SCA's President Qabool Muhammad Khatian, General Secretary Zahid Bhurgari and other office bearers suggested that Bhasha Dam should be built to prevent water scarcity in future.They also asked Sindh Government to restore Manchar, Keenjhar and other lakes and waterways to enhance supply of irrigation water and to serve the purpose of storage as well.APP/AFP