In a major announcement, the Union Minister for Transport and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari said that central government was planning to build three dams in Uttarakhand to be able to better utilize India’s own share of water that now flows into Pakistan.
Speaking at an agro-summit, Union Minister Gadkari referred to Indus Water Treaty in which it has be specified as to how water resource of the river Indus and its tributaries that flow in both the countries will be used.
He said that while Beas, Ravi and Sutlej belong mainly to India, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum are to be taken care of by Pakistan.
The Minister pointed out that as Indus flows from India, the country is allowed to use 20% of its water for irrigation or for generating power and transport.
He said that Indian government has now announced better utilize country’s share of water from these three rivers and divert it to Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. >