Water scarcity in Pakistan

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  1. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    Zero water discharge halts power generation at Mangla dam

    ISLAMABAD: In a rare move, the water discharges from the country’s largest reservoir — Mangla — were stopped with immediate effect on Monday, bringing generation from its power station to zero, as water shortages appeared going beyond previous estimates.

    “With immediate effect, Mangla power house indent is reduced to ‘nil’ as demanded by the Punjab Irrigation Department,” announced Indus River System Authority (Irsa). The decision was intended to salvage upcoming crops through better management of scarce water resources.

    This is the second time in 50-year operations of the Mangla dam that its outflows were brought down to zero. The water releases from the dam were last stopped for 10 days in January 2010 also due to water scarcity. A senior Irsa official explained that Punjab had drastically reduced its indent to 7,000 cusec from 50,000 cusec following water regulator’s advice for a contingency plan to cope with emerging water scarcity. As a result, Punjab conveyed to the regulator that it would not draw its share from Mangla for the time being until it starts wheat sowing in November.

    The provincial government also closed all perennial and non-perennial canals. Except for drawing 6,000 cusec from Thal and 1,000 cusec from Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC), it would not draw its water share at least for the next 10 days.

    Sindh government also followed suit even though it was already in wheat sowing process. It has also reduced its indent from 55,000 cusec to 40,000 cusec as part of the contingency plan.

    The water releases from the dam were last stopped for 10 days in January 2010

    Irsa is expected to shortly convene a meeting of its advisory committee to firm up future plans to meet the emerging situation in consultation with stakeholders and the provincial governments.

    “This is unprecedented situation where water shortages appear to be higher than previously feared. Storage in the reservoirs and river flows are at 10-year low,” an official said. Flows in river Kabul dropped to 4,000 cusec and those in Jhelum to 5,000-6,000 cusec. “Flows in all the four rivers were 21 per cent down in first 22 days of current month when compared to last year,” he added.

    For example, Kabul and Jhelum had a combined flow of about 65,000 cusec last year on October last year compared to just 53,000 cusec on Monday. Total river flows last year amounted to 3.7 million acre-feet (MAF) on Oct 22 last year while these were down 2.9 MAF this year — the lowest in last 10 years.

    Likewise, storage in two reservoirs currently stood at about 6MAF compared to more than 8MAF the same day last year.

    The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has also forecast lower than normal rainfalls over the next three to four months and the irrigation authorities were totally at a loss about the plunging flows. It was feared that in case of slippage on usual westerly waves carrying winter rain system could further aggravate the water shortage.

    Ironically, as the country was facing acute water shortage for the upcoming Rabi season, more than 9MAF of water went down the sea during just concluded Kharif season in the absence of sufficient storage capacity.

    On Oct 11, Irsa had conveyed to the provinces that it was fearing unusually acute water shortages of up to 30pc for Rabi season and hence contingent plans should be put in place for wheat sowing to avoid major loss to upcoming crops. The provinces have been warned that due to atypical prevailing weather conditions river flows were not showing promising trend and the phenomenon may lead extension in shortages during the ongoing Rabi season.

    On Sept 28, Irsa had estimated about 20pc water shortage for Rabi season and flagged falling storage capacity as a serious concern and asked the provincial leadership to start building dams on a war-footing.

    The Rabi season begins in October-December and ends in April-May. Wheat is the largest crop in Rabi season. Gram, lentil, tobacco, rapeseed, barley and mustard are some of the other Rabi crops.
     
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  3. Hari Sud

    Hari Sud Senior Member Senior Member

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    When you spend more than half of its yearly budget on generals and army then there is nothing left to do anything else. That is one reason Pakistanis cleverly invited Chinese to build CPEC. The irony is that chinese will ask their money back.
     
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    River Vitasta decide not to give a fuck to "na"pakis and their illegal dam built on occupied territory
     
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    India mein konsa har state mein dhoodh ki nadiya beh rahi hi ...aur har state mein Ganga beh rahi hai
    we also have scarcity of fresh water.
     
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    not only water is in scarcity but everything scare in na-pak
     
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    I think Delhi went through the same problem between 2000-2010, but the government changed it's policy and changed building codes and tried rain water harvesting on massive scale to change the situation. But in Pakistan nobody cares.
     
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    Joo Kuffar!!!, this is not water scarcity. Alhamdulillah Shitistan is on its way to fulfilling it's destiny as the new Medina and the landscape is only adapting to that of the old one.
     
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    Here's Gwadar - the next so called 'mega oil city' that will be better than even Singapore!! I ain't saying this, it's the Pakis who are!! Typical Paki delusions!

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    Ankara dam that provides water to the next Singapore - Gwadar!! :pound:

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    And they talk about industrialization of Gwadar? Without water?? Really? 4 desalination plants had been set up at Gwadar and none of them are working due to wrong design, poor material and lack of electricity! Trust the Pakis to do anything right! Jeeez!
     
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    To solve a problem you have to acknowledge it first, the problem with them I find is they don’t even acknowledge it. There are many rape issues in Pakistan but they think rape only happens in India. In Pakistan rarely any rape happens.
     
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    They fully acknowledge that they are facing water scarcity and that from a relatively water affluent country in 1947, they have become highly water stressed.

    But their solution to this problem is to blame India for "blocking Pakistani waters" and "scheming to turn Pakistan into a desert". The other set of solutions is to blame their siyaasi hukmaraan for not building the Kalabagh dam.
    The dam that is proposed to come up on Sindhu nadi in the Mianwali district of Pakjab is being particularly tom tommed by Pakjabis (especially the Pakjabi faujis) as Shitistan's own version of the Flaming Gorge Dam or the Hoover dam that are in the US.

    However, Sindhi nor Pakhtoon nor Balochi are equally determined never to let this damn come up. They are in no mood to let the Pakjabis squeeze them of their rightful water share any further. Lots of tu-tu-main-main and gaddar, mulk-faramosh, chor flying across the discussion panels.

    Moreover, Shitistanis are stone broke and it's unclear where they will find the money from to build this dam. Already Diamer-Bhasha in PoK is been all but shelved because the bhikhaaris have no money and Chinese quoted a price that Shitistanis cannot afford. So despite approval, no movement has really on that end. We have also clearly pointed out to the lending agencies such as WB, ADB, IMF that the proposed dam lies in the the illegally occupied territory, so those funds are also not coming. Now they claim that the dam will be build only as a water storage project for $5.5 billion. Once again, how a water storage project in the mountains of Pak occupied Gilgit-Baltistan will help the parched hinterlands or how will the water be carried to the plains is anybody's guess.

    The real and pressing issues such as population explosion, lack of sufficient storage capacity in the form of small and check dams, ancient, inefficient, wasteful and unscientific agricultural practices and an irrigation system not updated since the days of British, creaking and leaking water distribution infrastructure, lack of water treatment plants are rarely discussed and only perfunctorily, if they ever are.

    Every retired birgadier or jarnail is a water expert, security expert and an economic expert rolled into one. And their solution for their water woes? india humaare dariyaaon pe dam bana kar humaara paani rok raha hai.
     
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    To increase production, they are depleting their water reserves at an alarming level. Ground water is depleting fast and would run out soon. Indeed, increasing cultivation of paddy and sugarcane, two of the most water intensive crops is a key reason for their depleting water table.
     
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    delbruky TRIBUTE TO TALLAPAKA ANNAMACHARYA

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    The condition of pak is akin to mars, their core aka civil society is dead, It's a dictatorial military regime that rules from behind the curtain and the same regime puts forward the weak civilian govt as a punching bag.
    So, unless there is an internal revolt by it's citizens over the lions share of resources being gobbled up by their army things will continue to be the same.
     
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    An internal revolt will never happen. But they will take the Kabila theory to the heart and believe that they are entitled to the resources and riches of others just like their "ancestors" (in actually their rapists) in the past.

    Napakis will invade whichever land that lets them in and demand the resources.
     
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    No need to mock Pakistan for water scarcity. We r far more susceptible to Water scarcity than Pakistan
     
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    No one is mocking you for Water scarcity. People are just pointing out that rather than take meaningful concrete steps to alleviate water scarcity, Napakis are busy trying to shift the blame, either by accusing us of stealing their waters or each other for the lack of progress in building the requisite infrastructure for water storage and distribution.
     
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