Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has claimed that the central government is trying to stop the outflow of “India’s share from three of six rivers in ‘Akhand Bharat’ flowing into Pakistan”.
Addressing virtual ‘Jan Samvad‘ rally of Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Nagpur in Maharashtra, Mr. Gadkari further added that after this model, the water will be diverted to Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh.
“There were six rivers in Akhand Bharat [passing through both India and Pakistan],” said Mr. Gadkari. “As per division, waters of three rivers was reserved for Pakistan, while water of other three rivers was to be used by India. Water of our share was also flowing into Pakistan.”
“For the first time since 1970, I asked our former J-K governor Satya Pal Malik and Punjab Congress CM [Amarinder Singh] to sign a treaty,” he said. “We are working to stop the water from flowing into Pakistan. Now Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Himachal will get this water. Our government shows the courage to take this decision, otherwise nothing has happened since 1970.”
He said, “Seven out of nine projects [related to division of water of rivers] where consensus had eluded states earlier have been cleared after CMs of these states were brought together to resolve the matter”.
Mr. Gadkari also said that “India believed in peace and non-violence and do not want to be strong by becoming an expansionist.” (With inputs from PTI)