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India Completly Stops Ravi Water Flow to Pakistan

Following the finalisation of the Shahpur Kandi Barrage. India asserts its entitlement to a complete portion of river water following.

India celebrated the completion of the Shahpur Kandi Barrage on the Ravi River on February 25, 2024. This milestone signifies a notable shift in water management as it redirects water flow away from Pakistan. The project, which faced significant delays spanning over three decades, has finally come to fruition, redirecting 1,150 cusecs of water for irrigation in the Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir. This achievement is expected to enhance agricultural prospects in the region and represents a significant alteration in water distribution within India.

As a result of this development, the Jammu and Kashmir region will now directly reap the benefits of the 1,150 cusecs of water that had previously been allotted to Pakistan. This water allocation is anticipated to be utilized for irrigation purposes, positively impacting more than 32,000 hectares of land in the Kathua and Samba districts. Situated in the Pathankot district of Punjab, India, the Shahpur Kandi Barrage acts as a dam on the Ravi River.

Shahpur Kandi Barrage, built at the Punjab-Jammu and Kashmir Border in the Pathankot District will benefit the People of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. (Image: Vajiram and Ravi)

Previously, under the 1960 Indus Water Treaty, a segment of the Ravi River’s water was directed into Pakistan through the Lakhanpur dam. However, with the operationalization of the Shahpur Kandi Barrage, this flow has been effectively halted, enabling India to fully utilize its allocated portion of the river’s resources. This action aligns with the provisions of the treaty, which designate India as the exclusive manager of the Ravi, Sutlej, and Beas rivers, while Pakistan oversees the Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab.

In December 2018, the Central government sanctioned the Shahpurkandi Dam project on the River Ravi in Punjab.

The inception of the Shahpur Kandi Barrage project dates back to the 1950s, but construction did not commence until 1992. Originally slated for completion in 2002, the project encountered numerous delays due to factors such as funding constraints, land acquisition challenges, and environmental considerations. Ultimately, the project reached fruition in 2022.

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