Cen­tre ap­proves fi­nal go to Shah­pur Kandi Dam on Ravi

The Northlines - - FRONT PAGE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT NEW DELHI, DEC 07

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.

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