New Delhi: At the meeting on Indus Waters Treaty Prime Minister told officials "blood & water can't flow together at the same time", according to sources. In a bid to teach Pakistan a lesson for Uri attack, the Narendra Modi government has decided to utilise more water under the Indus Waters Treaty. Till now, India has not been utilising its quota of water, thereby giving Pakistan more than it deserves. the decision was taken at high-level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister
India will now be using more water from the three western rivers- Indus, Chenab and Jhelum- for agriculture and generating 18,000 MW of hydropower. This decision is likely to reduce water availability in Pakistan for irrigation and drinking purposes.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also constituted a committee of experts to look into the treaty.
On Thursday India had given hints of reviewing the treaty after the Uri attack."For any such treaty to work, it is important there must be mutual trust and cooperation.
It can't be a one-sided affair,” MEA spokesperson had said.
There is an ongoing demand in Jammu &Kashmir to review the treaty on grounds it robs the state of its right to use waters of rivers flowing through the state.
Brokered by the World Bank, the 1960 treaty was signed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan president Ayub Khan. Under the treaty, waters of eastern rivers Beas, Ravi, and Sutlej was allocated to India, while Pakistan was allocated waters of western rivers Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.
Revisiting the treaty to cut water to Pakistan is not easy. Current close ally of Pakistan, China may respond to any Indian move with doing the same with Brahmaputra water.