The Union Minister for Transport and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari stated that Centre would take steps to stop the unutilized Indian share of water flowing to Pakistan through three rivers. He was speaking at the concluding session of the Agri Leadership Summit-2018 in Rohtak, Haryana. He said amidst cheers from farmers, “The issue of three rivers whose water was given to Pakistan is a separate issue, but the water of our three rivers whose water is necessary for our development is also going to Pakistan. The Indian government has decided to stop water (of our share) of three rivers to provide it to Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan to solve the problem of water.”
The sharing of water with Pakistan started during the Partition when India and Pakistan each had got three rivers. Beas, Ravi and Sutlej belong mainly to India, while Indus, Chenab and Jhelum are to be taken care of by Pakistan. As Indus flows from India, the country is allowed to use 20% of its water for irrigation, generating power and transport. This also came to know as the Indus water treaty. However, all the previous governments overlooked such a pertinent issue; but, PM Narendra Modi had raised a concern about this treaty, claiming that Indian share of water was also going to Pakistan and we must take back what is rightfully ours.
Thanks to the present government we will finally be able to do just that. Now, the government plans to build three dams in Uttarakhand to stop India’s unused share of river water from flowing to Pakistan. Water thus saved would be brought to Haryana through the Yamuna to overcome shortage and feed the parched lands in these states. The Centre plans to distribute this water through drip irrigation and presumes that farmers will get three times more water, which would result in doubling the production.
Gadkari also advised farmers to prepare bio-fuel from their agriculture produce and crop residue, which could be used as an eco-friendly alternative to diesel and petrol. He said that in his state Maharashtra, 55 Volvo buses were plying on bio-diesel prepared by farmers. As much as 280 litres of bio-fuel could be prepared from a tonne of crop residue ‘parali’, the burning of which adversely affects the environment.
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