India has given a green ticket to the acceleration of three projects that will prevent its share of Indus waters from flowing into the neighbouring country, Pakistan.
The three projects which include construction of two dams are called the Shahpur Kandi dam project, a second Sutlej-Beas link in Punjab and the Ujh Dam project in Jammu and Kashmir, leading news agency reported.
These projects were stuck in red tape and inter-state disputes which is why it has been decided to expedite them. 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.
India holds a 20 per cent share or 33 million acre-feet out of a total of 168 million-acre feet. Under the Indus Water Treaty, India utilises only 93 to 94 per cent of its share under the Indus Water Treaty. The rest of the unutilised water goes into Pakistan.