Irrigation deptt recovers over Rs 7.2m abiana from growers

MULTAN: The irrigation department recovered over Rs 17.4 million water rates (Abiana) from growers during August 17 of Rabbi season 2015-16.

According to official sources, teams recovered water rates over Rs 17.4 million from growers in four districts of Multan zone. Over Rs 927,083 water rate was recovered from Multan, about Rs 9.6 million from Vehari and over Rs 7 million from Pakpattan during the Rabbi season 2015-16 ( Aug-2017).

Meanwhile, over Rs 135,409 water charges (Tawan) was also recovered from four districts, including Rs 22,169 from Vehari and Rs 113,240 from Pakpattan district during above said period while no recovery from Multan and Lodhran district reported.

The irrigation teams continued raids to control water pilferage across the region to provide water to tail-end growers properly, the sources concluded.