Deadlock between J&K and Punjab continues on Shahapur Kandi Dam
Shahpur Kandi Dam project remains unresolved between Punjab and J&K, letting Pakistan benefit from the domestic dispute. The Centre has failed to convince the Jammu and Kashmir Government to allow the Punjab Government to resume construction of the Shahpur Kandi Dam project. Till the dam is operational, the excess Ravi river water will continue to flow from India to Pakistan
Earlier this week, the Union Water Resources Ministry held a meeting with senior officials of the Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir Governments to break the deadlock between the two states over the resumption of the work on the project.With Jammu and Kashmir raising some new issues at the meeting, Punjab has asked the Union Water Resources Ministry to request the Prime Minister to deal with the issue at his level directly.
The meeting was attended Punjab’s Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal; Secretary, Irrigation KS Pannu; and Jammu and Kashmir Secretary Irrigation Sanjiv Verma besides other officials of both states and the Centre.As some Ravi water flows to Pakistan from Ranjit Sagar Dam via Madhopur head works, the Centre is keen to stop that flow at the earliest.
For this reason, the meeting of the two states was convened. The Centre has already made a statement for the maximum internal use of water of the Chenab and other rivers flowing from India to Pakistan.