In the aftermath of Pulwama attack, the Indian government has manifested a clear stand by curbing its share of river waters from flowing into Pakistan. After making an explicit statement on Twitter, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced the projects undertaken to enable this stoppage by putting words into action.
Water Resources Minister spoke of the three projects taking shape, to divert the water to Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana that initially was flowing in Pakistan.
He said, "We've got the Cabinet approval for Shahpur-Kandi Dam, a project being made in Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir will get the water and power from this project and the excess water will be taken to Punjab. Secondly, we've given permissions for Ujh multi-purpose projects and thirdly one important project, the 2nd Ravi-Beas link below."
"Through these projects, our water that was going in Pakistan we will now be able to give it to Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana," he added.
Gadkari while addressing the fallout between the neighbour nations, elaborated on how despite the Indus Water Treaty between the two nations signed in the presence of World Bank after nine years of negotiation, Jawaharlal Nehru
He said, "When this agreement was signed between Jawaharlal Nehru and Ayub Khan it was with the motive to maintain peace, love, and affability and as an older brother Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave our water to them, but the relationship that we share with Pakistan now, because of their support to terrorists and terrorism have destroyed the spirit."
"People have asked me that not one drop of water will be given to them, the decision will be made by the Prime Minister and the highest leadership. But I have told my department that all the places where the water was going to Pakistan, create a detailed project report (DPR)," he added.
What is the Indus Water Treaty?
The treaty that governs the sharing of water of the six rivers- Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab was signed in 1960 by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru and former President of Pakistan Ayub Khan.
As per the treaty, India and Pakistan have control over three rivers each. India controls the eastern rivers-Sutlej, Ravi and Beas while Pakistan has a hold on the western rivers- Jhelum, Indus and Chenab.
Pakistan's water woes
An IMF study said that Pakistan is the third most affected country in the world in terms of acute water shortage. Closing the taps is likely to send a strong message that Pakistan cannot continue to perpetrate terrorism from its soil with impunity.
Pakistan attempts to steal India's water
As per a media report, Pakistan has been attempting to divert the water from the river Ravi. The report said that the water from the river was being steadily diverted to run 600-1,000 meters inside Pakistan. If Pakistan had been successful in its attempt, it would affect India's Punjab as no water would be available for agricultural use.