11 Districts In Three Days: CM Sindh Inspects Progress And Issues.

KARACHI -- Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on his visit to 11 districts of three divisions within three days decided to dispose of rainwater in Matiari, Nawabshah, and Sanghar districts into Rohri Canal for which Markh Wah and other drains would be used.

The Chief Minister at Rohri Canal at Matiari districts held a meeting with Minister Irrigation Jam Khan Shoro, Minister Revenue Makhdoom Mahboob and Irrigation experts at Khor Wah decided that the water inundating more than 100 small and big villages of four union councils of New Saeedabad would be disposed of through Markh Wah/distributary but for that purpose, a small channel from Khor Wah to Rohri Canal would be burrowed to connect them.

Murad Ali Shah directed Minister Revenue Makhdoom Mahboob to monitor the excavation of the new channel and ensure its completion within two to three days so that disposal of the water could be started.

The meeting also pointed out that the water pouring down from Udero Lal, Jhando Mari and from other areas of Sanghar could also be disposed of through the Markh Wah. 'I have visited Chhandan/Drain passing through the National Highway in the areas of Matiari which was flowing at its dead level.

'I think it is chocked somewhere otherwise, it could carry rainwater from the upper side of Matiari to River Indus,' he said and directed Irrigation engineers to inspect the Chhandan and clear it for clearing the villages of flood water.

When the meeting started at the site of the Khor Wah and Minister Irrigation Jam Khan Shoro started briefing the chief minister through an irrigational map, locals of the areas living in the tents gathered around there.

The people told the chief minister that they were receiving relief goods, including ration bags, and living peacefully in the tents but 'we are not happy here even if we are provided rich food and luxurious living,' they said and added 'we want to return to our ancestral villages to lead the life in our own way,' they implored.

The chief minister told them that his visit was purely based on exploring a way out to dispose of flood water from the villages. 'I feel your condition- you and your women cannot live along the roads and would rather feel comfortable in their katcha houses, with their cattle and agricultural belonging,' he said and assured them that they would be sent back to their homes once the water was disposed of.

The chief minister after understating the location and utility of the Markh Wah...

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