BIG STATEMENT: 'Water Flowing To Pakistan Will Now Be Used To Nurture Yamuna,' Says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari In Another Step To Corner Pak

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After the withdrawal of the Most Favourable Nation (MNF) status and the call to cut cultural and cricketing ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has now announced that water of three rivers (Ravi, Sutlej, Beas) that was earlier given to the neighbouring country, will now be diverted to the Yamuna project.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

After the withdrawal of the Most Favourable Nation (MNF) status and the call to cut cultural and cricketing ties with Pakistan following the dastardly Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has now announced a move to divert the water flow of Indian rivers going into Pakistan to the Yamuna project. 

The Minister for Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari, stated that the water from three Indian rivers would be now utilised to nurture the Yamuna project. The waters had earlier been allowed to flow into Pakistan.

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While addressing a public rally, he said, "When India and Pakistan were divided, three rivers were given to Pakistan and three to India. However, India continuously gave the river water supply to Pakistan, but now we will use that river water supply to nurture the Yamuna river through the Yamuna project." 

According to the Indus Water Treaty, the Ravi, Sutlej, Beas was allocated to India whereas, the Jhelum, Chenab and Indus waters were allotted for Pakistan to utilise.

Earlier, in the aftermath of the Uri attack in 2016, Indian government took the decision to fast track the water projects in a bid to curb the river flow across the border to Pakistan.

Furthermore, the Union Minister spoke about the upcoming projects that are being undertaken to save the Yamuna river.

"There are several projects going on to save and nurture Yamuna river, and we will use that water to purify Yamuna and we are much focusing on Yamuna," he added.  

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Pakistan has been on the receiving end of massive backlash in the light of the Pulwama terror attack, which was perpetrated by Pak-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber killing 40 CRPF jawans. Over 40 worldwide countries have extended solidarity to India, condemning the terror attack and demanding Pakistan to end all ties and support to the terror outfits flourishing in the country attack. Meanwhile, there has been no word of condemnation from the Pakistan Prime Minister, who continues to deny the complicity of the country. 

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