After deteriorating ties between India and Pakistan due to Pulwama attack which was followed by failed Indian air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot. In a recent act of aggression, Indian Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Mehghwal on Sunday (March 10) said India has stopped water of three eastern rivers from flowing into Pakistan.
Speaking to reporters, Meghwal, Union Minister of State for Water Resources, said “0.53 million acre-feet water has been stopped from going to Pakistan and has been stored. Whenever Rajasthan or Punjab needs it, that water can be used for drinking and irrigation purposes.” The latest move by the Centre does not violate the Indus Water Treaty of 1960 as the water has been stopped of the three eastern rivers, namely Sutlej, Ravi and Beas, that India is entitled to use under the treaty.
The share of water from the eastern rivers is around 33 million acres feet (MAF) that technically belongs to India. The treaty signed in 1960, gives India control over the three eastern rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej) of the Indus basin while it gives Pakistan authority over the three western rivers (Indus, Jhelum and Chenab).
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17 November, 2019