Sukkur Barrage—the largest irrigation system of Pakistan would remain close from the 6th of January for 15 days for the renovation and cleaning, quoting the barrage authority as per the reports of local media.
As per the issued statement, the control room of the Sukkur Barrage has announced that all 7 off-taking canals of the barrage would remain closed from the 6th of January until the 20th of the month and the gates of the barrage would be opened.
The canals would be closed, and the gates of the barrage would be opened for the actual cleaning and renovation of the structure, as per the control room.
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The decrease in the water level of river Indus would cause water scarcity in Sukkur and concerned civic agencies have been informed regarding the annual closure of the water from canals, as informed by the in-charge of the office of the control room.
The concerned authorities have been asked to arrange for alternate drinking water supply for the city.
The Sukkur barrage has got 66 gates in its structure. The waterworks has reached completion its 87 years since its opening on the 13th of January in the year 192 by the British Viceroy of India—Lord Wellington. The foundation stone of the barrage was laid in the month of October in the year 1923 by the Governor of Bombay—George Lloyd.
As per the reports of local media the supply of toxic and dirty water to Sukkur for human use was highlighted. The sewerage water first released in the river Indus and then given to the city for human use, which poses a threat to public health.