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India To Fast Track Four Projects In Indus River Basin

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    We are moving forward with the plan.:devilwork:
     
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    I like this move. I hope Pakistanis wont object because it is for the welfare of the people of Kashmir!! :troll:
     
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    Modi to the two shareef's..
     
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    Important bits

    Of these four projects, three
    –Tral Irrigation Project in Pulwama, Prakachik Khows Canal in Kargil and restoration and modernisation of main Ravi Canal in Jammu’s Sambha and Kathua– are expected to be completed by this fiscal. The fourth project of Rajpora Lift Irrigation is planned to be completed by December 2019.

    While the first three projects will help irrigate around 1.45 lakh acres of land. The Rajpora Lift Irrigation is expected to help irrigat around 59,305 acres of land.

    Until now, as per the J&K records, seven lakh acres of land is irrigated in the state. This is a very small number. So, the government is trying to complete work on these projects to increase the size of total irrigated area in the state,” sources said.

    The sources said technically India can irrigate up to 13 lakh acres of land in Jammu and Kashmir. This target, they said, can be achieved when optimum storage capacity is achieved in the state.

    http://www.financialexpress.com/ind...ck-irrigation-projects-in-indus-basin/427335/
     
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    BTW bare chested ranjeet? Nice!!:biggthumpup:
     
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    lol ... Salaam Janab. How are you.
     
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    Fine, just back from Delhi-Manali-Shimla-Chandigarh-Delhi trip two days back.
     
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    Nice, very nice. The sole issue I had with looking at a response to Uri with water managment was the lead time such projects would take. Glad such projects are coming up so fast.

    + @ranjeet @PARIKRAMA @nair @seiko any ideas what the status of the national river linking efforts are at?
     
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    Na, we are still busy destroying each others properties!! It will be difficult to materialize. Each state government is looking after their own interest. Many of them considered it as a political suicide!!
     
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    I had written a different view and strategy to bleed Pakistan thru water wars to the top boss and that was-

    We want to rally international support to isolate Pakistan while Pakistan continues to be our Most Favored Nation for trade. Same is the case of Indus Water Treaty. Let us not suffer paralysis from analysis of the consequences in cancelling these treaties. Let us set an example instead of begging the world. The best way forward for India is to discharge more water from dams built on IWT Rivers and also from its own rivers. This will lower the water level in dams. The wheat sowing season will start in Nov and Pak will need water for the Rabi crops in Nov-Dec period. Let us choke water supply at that time so that this Rabi crop crashes completely. We should maintain just sufficient water discharge to ensure that our farmers get the water they need. That will help us raise water levels of our dams back to full capacity. We can repeat this cycle of discharging water when not needed for irrigation by Pak and holding back during sowing season for every crop to finish off Pakistan agriculture. Pakistan will get its share of the water but will not be able to use it when needed for crops. It will be like killing two birds with one stone.
     
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    Very ambitious... especially considering the inter state relationship... and internal politics....i doubt it will ever get materialise
     
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    What happens when they create dam-like storage facilities for water. And retain this extra water for use later when we choke them?
     
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    Modi Lays Groundwork For Water War in Battle With Rival Pakistan

    Himalayan rivers have become the new flash point in the bitter India-Pakistan conflict, providing the latest diplomatic weapon in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to isolate Islamabad.

    With India still reeling from an attack in Kashmir that killed 19 soldiers, New Delhi is looking to dams and hydro-electric projects as diplomatic alternatives to military action in retaliation for what it views as Pakistan’s support for terrorists striking in India’s part of divided Kashmir. Saying "blood and water cannot flow together," Modi has settled on water, which flows from India into Pakistan, as a powerful new instrument of foreign policy.

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    Brahmaputra river

    Source: Majority World/UIG via Getty Images
    India’s plans to review the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty -- an agreement that has survived three wars without modification -- could change the equation with not only Pakistan but also with China, a powerful upstream neighbor that controls Tibet where the Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra rivers originate.


    China and India have no water sharing treaty and India relies on China to share data on trans-border rivers under a pact signed in 2013. On Oct. 1. China said it had blocked flows of an upstream tributary of the Brahmaputra to complete work on a hydropower project, one among many planned. The Chinese foreign ministry didn’t respond to a fax seeking comment on the issue.

    Officials in New Delhi, who have suspended an annual dialogue meeting with Islamabad, say they are reviewing the treaty and examining whether India can further dam and exploit the Indus and five other rivers that flow from India into Pakistan. New Delhi could renegotiate or even tear up the treaty, they say.

    Devastating Impact?
    Any change to the water supply to Pakistan would have a devastating impact, Hasan Askari Rizvi, a political analyst, said by phone from Lahore.

    With close to three-quarters of the country’s 192 million population dependent on the Indus basin for their livelihoods and drinking water, the move would "undermine Pakistan’s agriculture, which is the backbone of the economy," he said. Farm income contributes about 24 percent to gross domestic product in Pakistan and more than 95 percent of Pakistan’s irrigated land is in the Indus river basin, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.


    Although analysts doubt India would do away with the 1960 agreement entirely, Modi’s administration is closely eyeing all diplomatic alternatives to an actual war between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Pakistan has said it will treat India’s abrogation of the treaty as "an act of war."

    "All options are being examined," India’s Water Secretary Shashi Shekhar, the country’s top official in charge of water issues, told Bloomberg News in an interview. "What benefit will suspension give? What benefit will a review give? What benefit will abrogation give?"

    ‘About Water’

    The disputed region of Kashmir, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan, has been a source of tension between South Asia’s two largest economies since the subcontinent’s bloody partition in 1947. Two of the three wars fought between India and Pakistan have been over Kashmir.

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    Indus river

    Photographer: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images
    Less well known is Kashmir’s role as a source of rivers that flow from India into Pakistan, which was a major issue when the borders of Punjab, now divided between India and Pakistan, were redrawn in 1947. For the last five decades, the widely-praised Indus Waters Treaty that governs the flow of six rivers has kept flare-ups at a minimum.

    Military Elite

    But with tensions running high, Indian officials are insisting India is not fully exploiting the rivers under the treaty’s terms.

    Vikram Sood, former chief of India’s foreign intelligence agency, said nothing worries Pakistan’s military elite more than the prospect of India using the flow of rivers into Punjab as leverage.

    Reducing the water flow to Pakistan could create political instability or unrest in Punjab province, which is both a major agricultural producer and home to many of the top military officials who effectively run Pakistan, he said.

    "Kashmir is not about Kashmir," Sood said. "It’s certainly not about the Kashmiri people. It’s about water."

    "I don’t think we’ll abrogate it," he said, but added that "even abiding by the treaty to the maximum will hurt them."

    Examining Pact

    A team at the Ministry of External Affairs is currently examining the treaty, said Shekhar, the water secretary. A spokesman said the foreign ministry had no comment.

    Pakistan, however, is skeptical about the tough talk coming from Delhi. Modi’s government has tried to distinguish itself from the previous Indian National Congress government by taking bold action against Pakistan.

    But one Pakistani government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said while the previous Congress government was quiet about the Indus Waters Treaty in public, it undermined it in private by building controversial dams along rivers such as the Chenab.

    India certainly requires more water. More than 600 million Indians face water shortages as rivers and lakes dry up. Under the treaty, Pakistan utilizes 80 percent of the Indus basin’s six rivers, while India only uses 20 percent.

    As India reviews the treaty, however, it is not clear how aggressive New Delhi can be on water as a foreign policy.

    International Arbitration


    Ashok Swain, director of the research school for international water cooperation at Sweden’s Uppsala University. If India abandons the treaty, on the other hand, New Delhi risks ceding the moral high ground, Swain added.


    "At this point, India just cannot stop the water to Pakistan as it does not have the storage capability for it," he said.

    A spokesperson for the World Bank confirmed India and Pakistan had each initiated proceedings under the Treaty.


    "We never used the Indus Water Treaty for leverage, even during the wars," Sood said. "It’s never been discussed like it is being discussed now."

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...k-for-water-war-in-battle-with-rival-pakistan
     
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