KARACHI - Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has expressed anger over poor performance of the Irrigation Department in maintaining of tube-wells as out of 3,657, a huge number of 1,401 tube-wells lying non-functional, which were installed to control the water logging in different areas. Chairing a meeting of the Irrigation Department on water logging and tube-wells under SCARP scheme at the CM’s Secretariat on Monday, Qaim said that due to continuous three years heavy rains, the lands of province were suffering from water-logging in many areas while there was situation of drought in some areas. He said that scheme of installation of tubewells was aimed at to reduce water level in water logged areas and also to provide water for irrigation purposes of needful lands. Qaim added that the relevant section ie SCARP tube-wells divisions were not working properly and there is no prompt attention towards maintenance and operational use of tube-wells, with the result, the water level had increased. He added that there was no attention from officers, engineers and staff of SCARP Divisions and there were complaints from elected representatives about non-functional of tube-wells. Qaim said that there were reports of 80% tube-wells lying non-functional and he had ordered enquiry to probe the situation about causes of non-functioning of those tube-wells. The chief minister warned that any person found responsible would be dealt accordingly and action would be taken against involved persons. Secretary Irrigation Sindh and Chief Engineer Irrigation Development in their briefing informed that Sindh province being the drainage line of all Pakistan with flat lands, water-logging and salinity is main problems affecting lands & crop yields. He added that the Federal Government constructed SCARP projects through WAPDA to combat the twin menace of water-logging & salinity; the completed projects were handed over to Irrigation & Power Department for operation & maintenance purpose. He added that WAPDA handed over SCARP projects of Khairpur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur, East Khairpur, Tile drainage project and LBOD Project Shaheed Benazirabad. According to details, there are in total 3,657 tubewells, out of which 1401 tubewells are closed and in all 2256 tubewells are in operation ie 38% are closed while 62% are in operation.The chief minister directed to take action against those culprits who are indulged in theft and damages of tubewells. The meeting was informed that more than 100 – FIR’s have been lodged against such persons. Chief Minister Sindh assured that funds required for repair and maintenance of tubewells will be released and directed the officers concerned to get maximum number of tube-wells repaired within two months and made functional early. He also directed to get rain water disposed-off early from rain affected areas of Jacobabad and other areas.The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, Principal Secretary to C.M Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon, Secretary Irrigation Sindh Mr. Babar Effendi, Managing Director SIDA Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Leghari, Chief Engineer Irrigation Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Dahri, Project Director SCARP Mr. Khan Muhammad Dahiri and others.SSUET team visits Rumi Forum: On advice of SSUET Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi, a delegation of Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology comprising Prof Dr Zakaullah, Prof Dr Rashid, Dr Arshad, Dr Farhat, Dr Rana Hilal, Dr Fozia, Shuja Qureshi and Nomanuddin visited Rumi Forum, Karachi chapter on Monday. This was a continuation of attempts to establish an academic co-ordination between two institutions. Earlier Director Rumi Forum, Adnan Yaman and Fatih Capar from the brother country Turkey visited SSUET. It was agreed upon to have collaboration to conduct seminars and exchange of scholars between Turkey and SSUET. Director QEC from SSUET and Director Rumi Forum exchanged the gifts of books and souvenirs.