After the Pulwama attack, the Indian government has decided to stop the water from three rivers going towards Pakistan. The Indus Water Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan on September 19, 1960. Under this, Pakistan has the right to use water from the rivers Jhelum, Chenab and Indus while India has the right to use water from rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that a dam will stop the water of three rivers going to Pakistan. This water will be instead diverted to Jammu, Kashmir and Punjab. Gadkari said, the water of three rivers will also be brought to the Yamuna river. Construction of Shahpur-Kandi dam on river Ravi has started.
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After the Pulwama attack, this is the third major decision against Pakistan. Earlier, the government had seized the status of Most Favored Nation (MFN) from Pakistan. Then the duty on goods coming from there increased to 200%.
According to the media reports, 80 per cent of the water of Ravi, Sutlej, Beas, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum rivers goes to Pakistan, and 20 per cent of its share is still not fully utilized.
The Indus Water Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan, 59 years ago, on September 19, 1960. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan’s President Ayub Khan were the ones who signed it. The treaty between the two countries came forth because of the intervention of the World Bank. Under this, 6 rivers of Indus river valley were divided into eastern and western parts. Pakistan has the right to use water from the rivers Jhelum, Chenab and Indus while India has the right to use water from rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej.