Punjab nominates team for monitoring barrages.

LAHORE -- Following the decision taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan for tripartite checking of river water situation, Punjab on Friday nominated nine officers to accompany the Wapda teams to gauge water inflows and outflows at all the critical barrages in the country.

Under the arrangement finalised by the PM Office after a meeting on May 27 in which provincial and federal representatives had explained their points of view, a three-tier formula was agreed upon, involving representatives of the Water and Power Development Authority, Sindh and the Punjab.

Following instructions from the PM Office, the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) had written to Punjab on May 31, asking it to nominate its members for the purpose. Punjab has obliged.

Professionals from Wapda have been inducted as independent federal representatives, who along with nominees of Sindh and Punjab will visit the barrages to assess discharges and gauging mechanisms installed there.

Nominating its representatives, Punjab again insisted on Friday that monitoring teams need to reach there (barrages) as early as possible and make sure the discharge gauges worked not only properly but permanently to address the alleged misreporting by the provinces.

The Punjab government has been complaining about the missing discharge gauges - basic tool for measuring inflows and outflows of water at the barrages and indicating...

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