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Hyderabad, Feb 25:  Former Irrigation Secretary Idrees Rajput has said that irrigation and drainage infrastructure needs to be revamped for optimum use in Sindh. He was speaking at a lecture on irrigation and drainage infrastructure, issues and challenges organized by Research and Development Foundation. He said that Indus water is crucial for economy of Sindh. He said that currently, more water has been discharged than design discharges in almost all canals. Thus all structures on canals need remodeling. He said that banks of canals also need raising and strengthening.  Speaking on the irrigation sector reforms, he said that in early nineties, Sindh irrigation and drainage authority was introduced in Nara Canal Circle on pilot basis to achieve financial self sufficiency and improve supplies at tails in ten years. He said that both objectives could not achieved in ten years period, instead of dropping the pilot phase, SIDA was further introduced in Ghotki Canal Circle and Left Bank Canal Circle. He suggested that SIDA should be disbanded and three area water bodies be restored as canal irrigation circles. He was of the view that improvement in structure of present irrigation system may be given priority. He termed the improvement in governance is key for all challenges being faced by the irrigation sector in Sindh.

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Mr. Rajput informed that front bunds and F.P bunds have been raised and strengthened after 2010 floods. However, loop bunds have been neglected. These are important, as they serve as second line of defence in case front bunds breach.  He said that there is lack of morale or fighting spirit in persons fighting floods. He added that the Tori breach in 2010, could have been voided, if in two portions of about 450ft length each, where free board was less, earth filled gunny bags were stacked to provide deficient free board.  He deplored that no action has been taken against officers in whose jurisdictions breaches occurred, despite the fact that Supreme Court is asking for action against them. He said Sukkur and Guddu barrages will require necessary rehabilitation work based on feasibility study conducted by the consultants. He also spoke on RBOD drainage project and said that accelerated funding should be provided to complete the project in shortest possible time, so that effluent is drained into sea bypassing Manchar Lake, this would enable Manchar Lake to return to its original position.  Execute Director RDF, Masood Mahesar said that effective water resource management is vital for livelihoods and could contribute in poverty reduction. He said that water is burning issue and more knowledge is essential for addressing the numerous challenges on priority basis.  Nasir Ali Panhwar said that water from Indus is not reaching to delta, particularly in dry season resulting in degradation of deltaic ecosystem. He said that through implementation of 1991 water accord, water must be allocated for delta to combat sea intrusion. Ashfaque Soomro said that Sindh has suffered from two consecutive floods and it is imperative that Sindh should have strong irrigation and drainage infrastructure to effectively tackle future challenges.  Noor Ahmed Jhanjhi, Pervez Bhanbnhan, Ali Akbar Rahmoo, G. M Umrani, Nazeer Bhand, Mumtaz Memon, Dr. A.M Dharejo, Fehmida Abbasi, Nau Bahar Wasan, Naz Sahito, Satram, Niaz Siyal, Jan Khaskheli also spoke on the occasion. Faculty members and students from various universities, farmers, representatives of civil society and media attended the lecture.   

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