India decides to build three projects including two Dams on Indus River to stop waterflow to Pakistan
NEW DELHI - India has decided to fast-track three projects, including construction of two dams, to arrest the Indus Waters, government officials said.
The three projects include the Shahpur Kandi dam project, a second Sutlej-Beas link in Punjab and the Ujh Dam project in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
"These (three) projects were stuck in red tape and inter-state disputes. But it has been decided to expedite the execution of these projects," one of them added.Under the Indus Waters Treaty, waters flowing in three of Indus tributaries -- the Sutlej, Beas and Ravi -- have been allotted to India; while the Chenab, Jhelum and Indus waters have been allotted to Pakistan.
Of the total 168 million acre-feet, India's share of water from the three allotted rivers is 33 million acre-feet, which constitutes nearly 20 per cent."India uses nearly 93-94 per cent of its share under the Indus Waters Treaty.
The rest of the water remains unutilised and goes to Pakistan," an official added.The Ujh dam is a proposed hydroelectricity and irrigation multipurpose project in the Kathua district of Jammu over the Ravi river with a capacity to generate 196 MW of electricity."