CM SAYS WATER SITUATION AT JHELUM, CHENAB AND SINDH IS BEING MONITORED; GOVT HAS APPROVED WATER ACT; ORDERS PLANNING TO STOP LAND ERROSION IN JHANG, RAHIMYAR KHAN, LEYYA AND DG KHAN; TAKES AERIAL VIEW OF FLOOD SITUATION AT HEAD BALLOKI
LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar visited Head Balloki Barrage where he reviewed the situation of arrival and discharge of water. The chief minister was briefed about the restoration and upgradation program of Head Balloki. He was also briefed about the water situation at Head Balloki. Embankments of Head Balloki Barrage and rivers have been strengthened before the flood threats. He said water level should be monitored in rivers 24 hours.
He said water discharge capacity of Head Balloki has been increased due to its restoration and upgradation and now this barrage has the capacity to discharge three lakh and eighty thousand Cusec of floodwater. He said water level is being monitored at rivers of Jhelum, Chenab and Sindh round the clock. He directed that the land eroded due to the change in the course of rivers should be estimated. An effective planning and strategy should be made to control the erosion of land in Jhang, Muzaffargarh, Rahimyar Khan, Layyah and Dera Gjazi Khan. He said the plan to setup museum at Head Balloki Barrage should be completed immediately. The people will be able to easily get information due to the establishment of Public Information Centre at the barrage.
Usman Buzdar visited Head Balloki and said the government has approved the Water Act and the implementation of this act will help control the wastage of water. He said he will also visit other barrages of the province. The secretary irrigation briefed the chief minister on the water input and discharge at the barrage. State Minister Zartaj Gul, Chairperson Women Protection Authority Punjab Kaneez Fatima, secretary irrigation, DG Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Commissioner Lahore and concern officers attended the meeting.