Many believe that it could be final straw on camel’s back in so far as tension between India and Pakistan is concerned.
This is because India has decided to fully utilise its share of unused water from rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej that has been flowing into Pakistan.
The same was confirmed by none less than Union minister Nitin Gadkari in a tweet.
The tension has been rising between India and Pakistan since a suicide bomber of Jaish-e Mohammad drove an explosive-filled car into a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, killing 40 soldiers.
The government’s decision will not impact Pakistan’s share of water under the Indus Water Treaty between the two nations.
It was said that the plan was in track since 2016 and the three dam projects have recently been inaugurated.
The Union Water Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that govt. has decided to stop India’s share of water which used to flow to Pakistan and that it will be diverted to Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.
A dam is being built on the Ravi river at Shahpur-Kandi.
Under the Indus Waters Treaty — brokered by the World Bank and signed by India and Pakistan in 1960 — India has control over 94 per cent of the waters of Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers. Pakistan has control over the waters from Jhelum, Chenab and Indus.
Of the total 168 million acre-feet, India’s share of water from the three allotted rivers is 33 million acre-feet, which constitutes nearly 20 per cent.
India uses nearly 93-94 per cent of its share under the Indus Waters Treaty.