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Sher Mohammad Mallah, in-charge of the irrigation department's emergency cell at Manchhar lake, said that since Nai Gaaj's water had started flowing into the lake in addition to rainwater from various other sources, the lake's level was on a steady rise and had so far risen to 109.6 feet RL.
Speaking at a press conference at the Sehwan Press Club on Tuesday, vice president of SAB's local chapter Attaullah Brohi said that 90pc of Manchhar Lake's water came from the Khirthar range through a natural course and Nai Gaaj drain and the remaining 10pc from other rainwater sources located on the western side of the lake.
With the construction of the Nai Gaaj dam, the lake would stop receiving rainwater from its drain, he said.
Pointing out that three canals would originate from the Nai Gaaj dam, Mr Brohi said that only one was projected to flow towards the lake but its end point would be Haji Khan village, some 25 kilometres from the lake, in Johi taluka.
The minister disclosed that a fraud had also surfaced in Nai Gaaj dam project involving Rs26bn.
Dadu SSP Tanvir Tunio told local reporters that the suspect, Naveed, crossed the Khirthar range to enter Sindh from Balochistan when police arrested him within the catchment area of the Nai Gaaj dam.
An FIR (11/2018) was registered against him under Section 3/4 of the Explosives Act at the Nai Gaaj police station and his physical remand for seven days was obtained from the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Naushahro Feroze.
According to Nai Gaaj SHO Abdul Ghafoor, Naveed is a resident of Hyderabad.
DADU: Rainwater in Nai Gaaj Nullah, a natural storm-water drain, rose to 15 feet after heavy rains in Khirthar range of mountains, which disconnected road communication between 60 big and small villages of Wahi Pandhi and Johi towns in Dadu district.
Residents of the area expressed the fear if it continued to rain heavily in the mountainous area, Nai Gaaj might overflow its banks and cause shortage of food and water in marooned villages.