India has decided to teach Pakistan a lesson from the weapons of water, which has not been able to promote its nefarious and terrorist activities. India will stop the water from its share of the Indus Water Treaty from going to Pakistan. For this, three projects including two dams will be completed soon.
Government officials said that a lot of the water that came to India under the Indus Waters Treaty between the two countries goes to Pakistan. But now, to prevent India from going to Pakistan from its share of the country, the Shahpurkandi Dam Project of Punjab, the second link project of Sutlej-Beas and the proposed Ujh Dam project in Jammu and Kashmir will be completed as soon as possible. These projects are stuck in red flutist and mutual disputes between the states.
According to the Indus Water Treaty, the water of river Satluj, Beas and Ravi river of three tributaries of Indus has been received by India, while the water of Chenab, Jhelum and Indus river is in Pakistan’s part. Out of the total 16.8 million acres of water in these rivers, India gets 3.3 crore acres of water from all the three rivers allocated to it, which is about 20 percent of the total water.
Apart from this, India can use only about 93-94% of its share of water, the rest of the water flows into Pakistan. If these three projects are completed then India will start using its share of water and Pakistan will stop getting excess water.
Ujh Dam Project is proposed on Ravi river in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. About 196 MW of electricity from this multi-purpose project of 5, 950 crores, as well as water for irrigation, will also be available. The use of water in this project will be only 17.28 million cubic meters (ACM), but its storage capacity is 92.5 million MCM of water. The state government has sent it to the DPR, which is expected to get clearance soon.
In fact, after the Uri attack in September 2016, the government started exploring the possibility of making arms to the Indus Waters Treaty to pressurize Pakistan. It also included an option to quickly complete the electricity and irrigation projects while resolving the disputes of the states.
The government has also asked the Punjab government to explore the possibility of another Sutlej-Beas Link Canal so that the maximum use of water of India’s part can be utilized under the agreement. However, in order to resume work on the Shahpurkandi project of about Rs.2, 793 crores, the agreement between Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir Government has been reached in September this year.