March 29, 2011: The Supreme Court on Monday directed chief
secretaries of Sindh and Balochistan to ensure immediate
repair of Kirther Canal in order to make the cultivation of
Kharif crop possible and submit report to the court by April
A three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muahammad Sair
Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, is hearing a suo motu case
regarding unauthorised diversion of floodwater and breaches
made in the embankments of barrages and canals by
influential people to save their lands during the
devastating floods last year.
Petitioner Marvi Memon appeared in person before the court
and submitted that she had not yet received the interim
report, filed by the Flood Commission. Abdul Hafeez Pirzada,
the counsel for the petitioner, submitted that the Kirther
Canal suffered major destruction during the floods.
He said this canal provides the bulk of water to Jaffarabad
Division and its immediate repair is necessary to make the
cultivation of Kharif crop possible. He further said that
farmers are suffering a lot on account of rise in the prices
of fertilisers and seeds.
The court directed the concerned authorities to accelerate
the rehabilitation work and ensure timely supply of water to
the farmers. Additional Advocate General Balochistan and
Chief Engineer Irrigation Department, Sindh, also appeared
before the court.
The Flood Commission submitted its interim report the other
day in which it pointed out that the irrigation
infrastructure in the province of Balochistan suffered huge
damage during the July 2010 flood, most of which has still
not been repaired. This is causing major problems to the
people of the affected areas, especially Jaffarabad
Division, as water is not available for cultivation or even
for human/cattle consumption.
During the field visit, the members of the commission met
the flood-affected people in Dera Allah Yar. The commission
members also had an aerial view of the damaged
infrastructure. The court took notice of the matter on
issuance of letters by renowned lawyer Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim,
Senate Deputy Chairman Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali, Dr Asad
Leghari, Muhammad Rahim Baloch and Advocate Zahida Thebo.
They alleged that unauthorised diversion of floodwater by
influential landowners had badly affected the people and
caused unprecedented damage to property in rural areas of
Sindh and Jaffarabad district of Balochistan.
Courtesy: The News