Indus Water Treaty Current Affairs - 2020

BRO constructs permanent bridge across Ravi river

The Border Roads Organization has completed the construction of permanent bridge across Ravi river. The Kasowal bridge will help Punjab farmers to transport their harvest comfortably.

Highlights

The construction of the bridge has been completed well ahead of time. The bridge was constructed by BRO under Project Chetak. The cost of construction of the bridge is Rs 17.89 crores.

Ravi River

The Ravi river is a transboundary river. It is also known by the name Iravati. The riparian states of the river include Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The non-riparian states include Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Rajasthan. Under the Indus Water Treaty 1960, the waters of Ravi and other five rivers are divided between India and Pakstan.

Indus Water Treaty

The Indus Water Treaty is a water distribution treaty between India and Pakistan. The treaty was brokered by World Bank. It was signed in Karachi. According to the treaty, the eastern rivers of India Ravi, Beas and Sutlej were given to India and the waters of western rivers of India Indus, Chenab and Jhelum were given to Pakistan.

Minister of North East Development chairs Ujh (National) Multipurpose Project, Jammu Kashmir

On February 3, 2020 the Minister of North Eastern Development Dr Jitendra Singh chaired the Ujh Multipurpose (National) Project, Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was attended by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Power and other officers from state government of Punjab

Highlights

The Meeting was held to fast track complete utilization of India’s rights under Indus Water Treaty. The project is to be constructed across River Ujh, a tributary of River Ravi.

The project will help India utilizing the waters of Eastern Rivers to the fullest abiding to the Indus Water Treaty. It will help store 781 million cubic metres of water of River Ujh.

Indus Water Treaty

The Indus-Water Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960. The signing of the treaty was brokered by the World Bank. According to the agreement, the waters of eastern rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej were given to India and the control over waters flowing in the western rivers Indus, Chenab and Jhelum were given to Pakistan.