New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday claimed that India is not bound to follow the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan as the basis of the same, which was peaceful relations and friendship, have ‘completely vanished’.
“Water is going to Pakistan from 3 rivers, we don’t want to stop that. But the basis of water treaty between India & Pakistan were peaceful relations and friendship which have completely vanished. So we are not bound to follow this treaty,” Gadkari said.
Lambasting Pakistan for ‘continuously supporting terrorists’, the Water Resources Minister said that the only option that is left with India is to stop the flow of its share of water to the country from rivers under the Indus Water Treaty.
“Pakistan is continuously supporting terrorists. If Pakistan doesn’t stops terrorism, we won’t have any other option but to stop river water to Pakistan. So India has started internally studying it. That water will go to Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
This is not the first time that Gadkari has issued such a statement. Earlier in February, in the aftermath of dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, the minister, through a tweet, had conveyed government’s decision to stop India’s share of water going to Pakistan.
“Under the leadership of Hon’ble PM Sri @narendramodi ji, Our Govt. 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,” Gadkari had said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the actual implementation of the decision may take up to six years as dams as high as 100 metres will have to be built to stop such flow.
Under the Indus Water Treaty signed in 1960, the waters of the western rivers — the Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab — was given to Pakistan and those of the eastern rivers — the Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej — to India.
India’s share of water from Ravi, Beas and Sutlej rivers came to 33 million acres feet (MAF). While about 95 per cent of the water was being used in the country after the construction of three main dams across the rivers, close to 5 per cent water or 1.6 MAF would flow to Pakistan.