May 07, 2014
M RAFIQUE GORAYA- BR
The Punjab Irrigation department reopened the Upper Chenab Canal after closure of more than 10 days due to construction work on 7.5 Mega Watts Hydro Power Project at Head Marala, near Sialkot city. This strategic 16,500 cusecs irrigation canal irrigates crops over millions of acres in the districts of Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala and Sheikhupura.
Canal regulator engineer Hasnain told Business Recorder here that 2,000 cusecs was discharged in the UCC and 2,000 cusecs in the Marala Ravi Link canal on Tuesday for preparation of paddy fields in this famous Basmati rice growing region. Meanwhile the Indus River System Authority released 191,000 cusecs water in the canal irrigation network for sowing and watering the cash crops cotton, rice and sugarcane across the country. It discharged 30,000 cusecs from the Tarbela dam on river Indus, 82,000 cusecs running water of river Kabul, 38,000 cusecs from the Mangla dam and 41,300 cusecs running water of the river Chenab.
Meanwhile Meteorological department has said that a westerly wave is present over western parts of the country and likely to persist for 36-48 hours. Weather remained dry in most parts of the country on Tuesday. However, rain-thunderstorm (associated with gusty winds) occurred at isolated places in Kashmir, Malakand, Hazara, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad & Kalat divisions.
MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY: Scattered thunderstorm/rain would occur over Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Hazara, and Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Also, isolated thunderstorm/rain may come about over Bannu, D.I. Khan, Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Gujranwala, Sargodha divisions & FATA. Further, dust thunderstorm/rain is likely to happen at a few places of D.G. Khan, Larkana, Sukkur, Hyderabad & Lahore divisions. Chances of hailstorm in plain areas could not be discarded.
WEATHER NEXT 48 HOURS: Scattered dust-thunderstorm with isolated rain is expected in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Quetta, Zhob, Sukkur, Larkana divisions, Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan. Hottest places Last 24 hrs: Dadu & Mirpur Khas 44°C, Mithi, Badin, Hyderabad & Lasbella 43°C.