In­dia stops water from en­ter­ing Pakistan

Tehran Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

TEHRAN — In­dian gov­ern­ment has moved to stop unuti­lized water al­lot­ted to In­dia un­der the ‘In­dus Wa­ters Treaty’ from en­ter­ing Pakistan, se­nior min­is­ter Nitin Gadkari said on Fri­day.

Gadkari, the min­is­ter for water re­sources and river de­vel­op­ment, signed MoU with chief min­is­ters of six In­dian states for the con­struc­tion of multi-pur­pose dam project in the Up­per Ya­muna Basin.

The agree­ment was signed with chief min­is­ters of Ut­tar Pradesh, Ra­jasthan, Ut­tarak­hand, Haryana, Delhi and Hi­machal Pradesh.

The min­is­ter said there is enough water avail­able in the coun­try, but the real is­sue is its ef­fec­tive man­age­ment, as In­dia does not uti­lize its water re­sources well.

Un­der the In­dus Wa­ters Treaty, wa­ters flow­ing in three of In­dus trib­u­taries -- the Sut­lej, Beas and Ravi -- have been al­lot­ted to In­dia; while the Chenab, Jhelum and In­dus wa­ters have been al­lot­ted to Pakistan.

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. The rest of the water re­mains unuti­lized and goes to Pakistan.

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