New Delhi: A day after avowing to divert water flowing from India to Pakistan at a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday elucidated on his ministry’s plans to undertake projects on rivers that will effectively place curbs on India’s belligerent neighbour’s waterways.
ANI quoted Gadkari explaining, “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.”
At a public address on Wednesday, Nitin Gadkari threatened to choke Pakistan’s water flowing from India, presumably in wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
Union minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari spoke about upcoming projects that would help in rejuvenating Yamuna river but by restricting water flow to Pakistan.
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According to the Indus Water Treaty, the Ravi, Sutlej, Beas was allocated to India whereas, the Jhelum, Chenab and Indus waters were allotted for Pakistan to utilise.
He said, “The water from our three rivers 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, river Yamuna will have more water. “
Gadkari’s remarks come at a time when the entire nation is simmering with anger over the dastardly attack on CRPF personnel in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, which claimed the lives of 40 soldiers.
India has been mounting diplomatic pressure on its belligerent neighbour, who has long been bulwarking New Delhi’s attempts to brand Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. US, Russia, France, Iran, Germany are among the 48 nations who have so far condemned the Pulwama attack and pledged support to India.