‘Govt to stop India’s share of water flowing into Pak’

‘Govt to stop India’s share of water flowing into Pak’

New Delhi, Feb 21: Union minister Nitin Gadkari in a tweet has confirmed that India would ‘choke’ the water supply to Pakistan in light of the Pulwama attack. The move comes in the backdrop of the February 14 attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in the death of 49 CRPF personnel.
India will divert water from eastern rivers and supply it to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab, read Gadkari’s tweet. Under the Indus Waters Treaty, India shares the waters of the Beas and Sutlej rivers with Pakistan.
Under the Indus Waters Treaty, a water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan, control over the water flowing in three “eastern” rivers of India – the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej with the mean flow of 33 million acre-feet (MAF) – was given to India.
Until now, India was not using its full share of water in the eastern rivers and allowed it to flow into Pakistan instead. Today’s announcement essentially means that India will start utilising its full share of water which would affect the neighbouring country to an extent.
Addressing a gathering in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Gadkari said that the water from three rivers entering Pakistan would be directed towards river Yamuna.
“Three of our rivers have been flowing into Pakistan. So water which we rightfully owned was going into Pakistan. Now we are planning to create a project and divert the waters of these three rivers to the Yamuna. So you can understand that there will be enough water in the Yamuna,” Gadkari said while inaugurating several water projects in Uttar Pradesh.