India stops water from entering Pakistan
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.