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  • Pakistan dumps $21bn worth of water in the sea each year: IRSA

    The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) told the Senate Forum for Policy Research on Thursday that Pakistan dumps water worth approximately $21 billion into the sea each year due to a lack of water conservation systems...

    In a meeting of the forum, chaired by Nayyar Husain Bukhari, members of Irsa and the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made shocking revelations while briefing attendees about Pakistan's lack of...

  • Irsa fears unusual water shortage for Rabi crop

    ISLAMABAD: The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) on Thursday expressed fears of unusually acute water shortage during the current Rabi season and asked the provincial governments to make contingent plans for wheat sowing to avoid major losses to upcoming crops...

    In letters to provinces, Irsa said the water shortage could go up to 30 per cent instead of up to 20pc forecast on Sept 29 in view of lower than anticipated river flows in...

  • Irsa sees move to amend act a threat to its existence

    ISLAMABAD: The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) is feeling threat to its existence by a government move to amend a 1992 act of parliament and control the water regulator’s administrative powers...

    “If changes are made in the act, it will open a Pandora’s box and may jeopardise the functioning of Irsa and ultimately lead to its annulment,” Irsa Chairman Raqib Khan has written to the federal government...

  • Irsa wants Wapda to fill Mangla to the maximum

    Take a look: Irsa warns of water crisis, seeks PSDP freeze The decision was made in a trilateral meeting held here at Wapda House which was attended by high-ups of Wapda, Irsa and Punjab Irrigation Department...

    The spokesperson said Irsa had assured Wapda of retaining the water level at 1,210 feet up to May 20 so that foundation works could be completed till that time...

  • NA standing body approves amendments to Irsa Act 1992

    ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Water and Power approved an amendment to the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) bill on Friday which would require the authority to prepare an annual report at the end of each financial year and make it available online...

    The committee agreed with the proposed amendment which requires Irsa to prepare an annual report at the end of the financial year...

  • Bumper crops likely as Irsa sees ‘zero water shortage’ in Kharif

    An official of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) told Dawn on Monday that its technical committee had estimated “zero shortage” of water against provincial shares in the upcoming season...

    The meeting to be presided over by Irsa Chairman Rao Irshad Ali Khan would also finalise provincial shares for the season and firm up water distribution plan based on provincial irrigation requirements...

  • Irsa stops filling Tarbela ahead of monsoon

    ISLAMABAD: Amid troubled construction work, the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) has stopped filling the Tarbela dam to make way for the expected heavy inflow of water during the monsoon season...

    A senior Irsa official told Dawn that water level in the reservoir had crossed the 1,511 feet mark almost a week ahead of the July 10 target date, after construction work on the Tarbela 4th Extension Project saw an unfortunate accident...

  • Irsa foresees no water shortage during Kharif season; fixes provinces’ shares

    According to estimates finalised by the advisory committee of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) on Thursday, there would be zero water shortage during Kharif that begins today (April 1)...

    Presided over by Irsa chairman and member Punjab, Rao Irshad Ali Khan, the committee meeting concluded that anticipated water availability for distribution among the four provinces for irrigation would remain at 74...

  • Irsa questions ‘closed basin’ description of Indus by lenders

    In a written statement, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif conceded that international lenders like the World Bank and IMF had termed Pakistan a water-stressed country with the per capita water availability having dropped from over 5,000 cubic metres to around 1,000 cubic metres...

    Take a look: Irsa sees 14pc water shortage in Rabi seasonAn Irsa official told Dawn that not only more than 22 MAF of water was going down...

  • Mangla Dam hits optimum level as planned by Irsa

    Also read: Irsa wants Wapda to fill Mangla to the maximumWith both dams filled, the country now holds over 14 million acre feet of water, with Tarbela lake storing 6...

    With the country now hopefully out of wet cycle, Irsa decided to fill the dams, he said...

  • Balochistan protests over 42pc water shortfall, threatens to stay away from Irsa

    ISLAMABAD: Protesting over 42 per cent water shortfall allegedly caused by Sindh irrigation authorities, the Balochistan government has threatened to stay away from the country’s water regulation and the Indus River System Authority (Irsa)...

    As a first step, Balochistan’s member in Irsa, Naseem Khan Bazai, will regret his concurrence to any authorisation placed for the release of water from Tarbela or Mangla dams in future...

  • Irsa cuts water shares of Sindh, Punjab

    ISLAMABAD: The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) slashed on Monday water shares of Sindh by 27 per cent and Punjab by 14pc because of ‘inability’ of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) to conserve water for irrigation purposes despite availability of sufficient water...

    Irsa “showed serious concern over Tarbela situation and said Wapda is responsible for not taking prompt action on its request,” according to an...

  • Irsa hopes Tarbela, Mangla dams to be filled by Aug 15

    LAHORE: The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) hopes to fill both Tarbela and Mangla dams by Aug 15 as river flows improve, especially Indus which on Thursday touched almost low-level flood at 280,000 cusecs...

    Mangla Dam is still at 1,229 feet, against the optimum level of 1,242 feet, but planners think that River Jhelum is behaving the way Irsa has anticipated...

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