Jammu, Jan 11: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that before the clearance of major Shahpur Kandi project, the maximum water consumption was by Pakistan and it was an utter violation of Indus Water Treaty.
''After Jammu and Kashmir came to existence as Union Territory, many mega projects have been cleared,'' Dr Singh said here, while addressing the gathering, after inaugurating the two-day workshop on 'Bamboos,' organised by the the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNEAR), along with the department of Social Forestry, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that Shahpur Kandi was cleared during the Governor's Rule before the LG regime came in Jammu and Kashmir and similarly, it also took so many years to Ujh Multipurpose project, which was pending for the last so many decades.
''There were many projects stuck up, but with the intervention of the Prime Minister, Shahpur Kandi Project was taken seriously and a detailed project report was prepared,'' said Dr Singh, adding that earlier, it was pending for the last 40 to 50 years and even the DPR was not prepared.
''When the DPR was prepared, we realised that our consumption of water was just about 35 to 40 per cent and the rest of the water was going to Pakistan, which would have been the great violation of Indus Water Treaty (IWT), sharing away our own water with Pakistan,'' said the Union Minister.
''So, the conscious decision was taken to plan an alternate canal system, so that simultaneously, the project can start and surplus of water, instead of going across the border, could go to Haryana, to the border areas of Rajasthan, or if the government of Jammu and Kashmir has the capacity of having its own canal system, it could be used there also,'' he added. (UNI)