Saturday, 7 February 2015

Punjab reopens Mangla zone irrigation canals

The Punjab Irrigation department has reopened the irrigation canals emanating from the Mangla Zone Rivers, Jhelum and Chanab in the central Punjab after a month-long closure in January for annual de-silting purposes. Punjab Irrigation Canal Regulator Eng M H Siddique toldBusiness Recorder here on Friday that Punjab was drawing 30,000 cusecs from the Mangla Dam whereas the River Chanab was contributing 7,900 cusecs water to meet irrigation water needs of the province.

He said Punjab was contributing 12,800 cusecs water downstream the Punjnad head-works to the Sindh province that was drawing 39,000 cusecs water from Tarbela Dam and River Kabul for watering its winter crops and vegetables. He said Punjab would draw water from the Tarbela Dam from February 15, as the recent two spells of rains had greatly fulfilled he irrigation needs of Indus zone areas. He said there was still 4.75MAF water left in the Tarbela and Mangla Dams to meet the water needs of the four provinces till March 31.

Weather Next Two Days: Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain (snow over the hills) is expected at isolated places in north Balochistan (Quetta, Kalat, Zhob, Makran divisions), Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2015

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