The government has decided to stop India’s share of water that flows to Pakistan and divert water from eastern rivers to people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Thursday.
He tweeted, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.”
The decision comes in the wake of the Pulwama attack, in which at least 40 CRPF personnel had died.
Gadkari was also quoted as saying by ANI, “The water of the three rivers over which India has rights was going to Pakistan. Now, we are planning to build a project and divert the water from these three rivers into Yamuna river. Once this happens, Yamuna will have more water.”
As per the Indus Waters Treaty, India has full rights over the waters of the eastern rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej), The Indian Express reported. In return, India had to let the western rivers—Indus, Chenab and Jhelum—flow “unrestricted” to Pakistan, the report added.