Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that government has decided to block India’s share of water that flowed into Pakistan from the three Indus rivers. The water from rivers will now be diverted for supply to people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.
“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 tweeted.
“The construction of dam has started at Shahpur- Kandi on Ravi river. Moreover, UJH project will store our share of water for use in J&K and the balance water will flow from 2nd Ravi-BEAS Link to provide water to other basin states,” Gadkari added.
He further said, “All the above Projects are declared as the National projects.”
“The water from our three rivers have been flowing into Pakistan. Thus, water which we rightfully owned was going into Pakistan. Now we are planning to build a project and divert the waters of these three rivers to the Yamuna. Once this happens there will be enough water in the Yamuna,” Gadkari said.
This came as a latest step taken by the Centre after the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama resulted in the death of at least 40 soldiers.
India had earlier revoked the ‘most favoured nation’ (MFN) status to Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.
The government has also hiked customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring country to 200 per cent.