Maintaining a tough stance against Pakistan's continued support to terrorism, Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari, on Thursday, said that as the cracks developed in Indo-Pak relations is entirely due to Pakistan's affinity towards terror, India has no choice left apart from restricting the excess water flowing from Punjab to Pakistan, while addressing a press conference in Amritsar, Punjab.
"We do not wish to restrict the three rivers flowing from Punjab into Pakistan. The familial and friendly nature in which the treaty signed under the rule of former PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, has disappeared. The cracks developed in the (Indo-Pak) relationship is not on us(India) as Pakistan is continuously supporting terrorists and terror groups. If they continue in failing to stop terrorism, we (India) will not have any other resort other than restricting their water flow. We have internally started doing work for imposing this restriction. All the water will be redirected into Punjab, Rajasthan, and Haryana. We will not worry about Pakistan as they(Pak) are showering us with bombs instead of love and friendship," he said.
He also added that the Modi Government has been working towards ending Punjab's water crisis and continue to do so.
"The water crisis prevalent in Punjab is not a problem since our government came into power. The work which has not happened in the past 50 years, has been done in Punjab under the leadership of PM Modi. In the future too, we will keep doing more development schemes in Punjab," he added.
Earlier, post the Pulwama attack where 49 CRPF Jawans had been killed by a JeM suicide bomber on February 22, Gadkari had announced this major diversion of water resources flowing into Pakistan to Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan.
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 said.
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.