Centre approves final go to Shahpur Kandi Dam on Ravi
The Centre on Thursday approved implementation of the Shahpurkandi Dam project on the Ravi River in Punjab. The move will allow India to use the water which at present goes "waste" flowing through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan. Once completed in June 2022, it will improve irrigation potential of farmers in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab.
Though the project was planned 17 years ago at an estimated cost of over Rs 2,285 crore, it could not be implemented due to paucity of funds with the state.
The Centre will provide financial assistance of over Rs 485 crore ( for irrigation component) to the state for implementing the project over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. The decision in this regard was taken by the Union Cabinet, keeping in view the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan. Under this 1960
treaty, India has full rights for utilisation of waters of the three eastern rivers namely Ravi, Beas and Satluj.