Big Decision Regarding Indus Water Treaty! Modi Government Comes Up With Multi-Purpose Project to Tap Water of Ujh

In keeping with the task to review the Indus Water Treaty and stop the unnecessary concessions being given to Pakistan, the Narendra Modi government has now come up with another major project to increase utilisation of the Indus waters.

The Indus Water Treaty was a brainchild of Jawaharlal Nehru. It gives the use of around 82% of the water of certain rivers to Pakistan and the rest to India. Nehru’s motive behind this pro-Pakistan move was to enhance his image as a peace-loving statesman to the world. Till today, India is bearing the brunt of this ridiculous treaty.

Prime Minister Modi had said that blood and water cannot flow together, meaning that Pakistan can’t bleed India and also expect India to be generous in allowing water to flow into its territory.

The latest move of the government in relation to this is a project to store water in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district. The Central Water Commission has finalised a detailed project report on Ujh which is a tributary of Ravi. The Modi government has made it clear that the proposal aims to harness water that is flowing untapped across the border. The project report has been submitted to the J&K government for evaluation so that construction may begin at an early date.

The project will store around 0.65 million acre feet (MAF) of water from Ujh to irrigate 30,000 hectares and produce over 200 MW of power.The Ujh project is a big step towards India’s utilisation of waters of the Indus and its tributaries in keeping with its rights under the treaty.

Prime Minister Modi has created an inter-ministerial task force with Nripendra Mishra, his principal secretary, and national security adviser Ajit Doval to examine the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan.

The government had another significant victory a few months back when the World Bank allowed India to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of the Jhelum and Chenab rivers. For the first time since the treaty came into being, a government is serious about utilizing fully at least that which India is legally allowed to.

Vinayak Jain