Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday chaired a meeting of irrigation engineers at the CM’s House regarding the progress of draining out floodwater from across Sindh.
During the online discussion, Development II Chief Engineer Zarif Iqbal Khero told the CM that water was receding from LBOD Spinal smoothly at about 2-3 decimal a day, which would increase as time passes.
He further informed that speedy disposal of water was taking place in Sanghar district, especially in Tando Mithakhan Deh, as well as in Mirpur Khas apart from Jhuddo taluka, which was dependent on further reduction in Spinal Drain at RD 295.
The CM was told that drainage in Tando Bago tehsil of Badin district would take time because of the breach in Dhoro Puran.
Zarif Khero informed the forum about the core issue of land acquisition from private owner to connect Tando Jan Mohammad drain to Dhoro Puran, but the same people approached the court for contempt and subsequently the court summoned the irrigation officers to appear before it on October 13, 2022.
According to the chief engineer, once again the drain in question would not be able to evacuate water to provide relief to people of Tando Jan Mohammad and adjoining areas.
He further told the CM that apart from waterway given to Hakro Dhoro to join Dhoro Puran at RD 211, a regulator at RD 261 of Spinal Drain had been hoisted, which was successfully getting water, and Hakro’s gauges at different places are decreasing further regularly.
The CM was told that out of 3.92 MA of total area of Khairpur district, 141,171 acres were inundated as of August 31. “Up to September 15, the inundated area reduced to 108,458 acres. Simultaneously on September 20, the inundated area was 101,355 acres, which reduced to 99,449 acres on September25.”
After the escapes of Rohri Canal were opened, from September 25 to October 10, the inundated area has now reduced to 61,085 acres, he said. He said the Salinity Control and Reclamation Project (SCARP) Khairpur was constructed by WAPDA and handed over to the Sindh government in 1967, which was aimed at controlling water logging through the network of tube-wells and open surface drains. “During the current calamity, the seepage water collection drains have been used to evacuate rain/storm water from Khairpur, he said.
He said that Khairpur taluka, Kingri, Gumbat and parts of Kot Diji taluka and Thari Mir Wah taluka had the facility of SCARP drainage network. Mainly sis pumping stations are being used to dispose of water into Rohri Main Canal, he said.
The meeting was informed that there was no existing horizontal drainage network in Naushahro Feroze district. However the evacuation of rain/floodwater was in progress through existing network of 24 pumping stations of SCARP in different talukas.
Besides that, 12 pumping areas have been identified for evacuation of rainwater through pumps in Rohri Main Canal and Indus River, where no drainage network exists, Murad was informed.
The CM was told that Shaheed Benazirabad had four Talukas – Nawabshah, Kazi Ahmed, Daur and Sakrand.
Major portion of Daur, Nawabshah and part of Sakrand talukas is covered under LBOD drainage network, and due to non-availability of drainage network, parts of Kazi Ahmed and Sakrand are affected by rainwater, officials said.
The CM was told that 1,625 acres of Deh Nakur and Dalel Dero, Taluka Sakrand, were under water. This water is being disposed of through existing Nakur Pumping Stations of SCARP and Dalel Dero Pumping Station, out falling in Rohri Main Canal, officials said. Murad gave the engineers 25 days to complete the pumping out of water. The CM was told that 22 pumping stations had been made functional in different areas of Shaheed Benazirabad, which were working day and night to dispose of water.
Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro told the chief minister that water level had reduced along FP Bund ranging from 8.5 feet to 11.5 feet in upper reach of Saifullah and Rice Canal Division, as well as 5 feet to 8 feet in lower reach of Southern Dadu Division.
He said water level along Suprio dyke had also reduced by 6 feet to 7 feet and reduction along MNV at RD-194 was about 4.90 feet, at RD 210 was about 3.5 feet and at RD-346 was 11.4 feet. He added that water level had reduced from 7.2 feet to 2 feet along KN Shah to Dadu Road.
The CM decided that water in low-lying areas would be evacuated through drainage network of the Right Bank. He directed the Irrigation Department to evacuate 85 percent area in the Right Bank of Indus River latest by end of November.