Indus Water Treaty needs to be understood in a perspective
ER S D SHANGLOO
While I commend the efforts of Er S R S Madni for enlightening us through his "Power Shock" GK dated 12th June 2012 his take on Indus Water Treaty is flawed in as far as consultation with state is concerned.The treaty clearly doesn't come in the way of power generation or irrigation because the IWT stipulates hydro power generation on run of the river basis so that no bondage occurs. Pakistan considers water from Sindh, Jahlem and Chinab so sacrosanct that General Ayub once said "prosperity of Pakistan lies in mountains of Kashmir and not in the plains of Punjab', Pakistan is not clearing the Wullar barage,which in fact shall regulate water in lean season to them as much to us,lest it dilules the threaty -a life line for them. Considering the fact that future war, the world over, shall be fought on water it should be clear to one and all that there shall be no rethink on Indus Water Treaty. We should not lose sight of the fact that IWT came into being between two warring nations as a result of political emancipation of Mr Nehru and Gen Auyb khan and wherewithal provided by the World bank. Power projects like Lower Jahlem,upper Sindh I and II, Uri I and II, Dul and Hasti, Salal Iand II, SewaI I and II, Chenani II and III, Mehboob And Chetak in Kargil etc have come up without any hassles. It is surprising that the executive director PDC, during the hydro power conference at SKICC yesterday, took exception to Pakistan exercising its option as mandated by the treaty in getting any power project cleared that comes up in our state. However he is right in claiming compensation from the states which are beneficiaries of eastern rivers which requires grit and political will. In my opinion the top priority for Power development Department should take measures to reduce the power losses which amount to whopping 60%-highest in any state in India.
Of late it has become a fashion or may be some political maneuvering that the treaty is being called into question and sentiments of gullible are being exploited.
Indus Water Treaty has been negotiated by two sovereign countries.Therefore we can come in only after attaining Independence which eluding us in spite of unmatched sacrifices.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:00:00 IST
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