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Papikyan: There will be no need for additional water pass from Lake  Sevan

Papikyan: There will be no need for additional water pass from Lake  Sevan

ArmInfo."I officially declare that there will be no need for additional water pass from Lake Sevan," Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure  Suren Papikyan stated at a government meeting on September 12.

According to Papikyan, 30 million cubic meters out of the permissible  170 million cubic meters have already been saved. "Compared to 2018,  the lake level has already risen by 2 cm," he said.

Earlier, on August 30, on his Facebook page, Armenian Prime Minister  Nikol Pashinyan said that as of August 26, 2019, compared to the same  period last year, 45 million 616 thousand cubic meters less water  were taken from Lake Sevan. "Everything is going to ensure that this  year the discharge of water from Lake Sevan will not exceed the  threshold established by law (170 million cubic meters. Ed.) And the  water level in Sevan will begin to rise," the prime minister wrote.   To recall, on June 6, the government decided that in 2019 water  releases from Lake Sevan will not exceed 170 million cubic meters.  According to the Minister of Territorial Administration and  Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikyan, the need  ofwater pass from Lake Sevan is due to the need to irrigate 32  thousand hectares of agricultural land in the Armavir, Ararat, Kotay  and Aragatsont regions of the republic. The reservoirs of the  republic, as the minister noted, are full, but they are out of the  reach of the above areas. The Office will do everything in its power  to exclude additional water withdrawals.

RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan noted that 170 million cubic meters  fit into the volumes stipulated by the current legislation of the  country. Nevertheless, as the head of government emphasized, it is  necessary to use the lake's waters as efficiently as possible in  order to prevent additional releases. 

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