Shahpur Kandi Dam Agreement

The EU cabinet on Thursday backed the implementation of the Shahpurkandi dam project in Punjab, on the Ravi River, to minimise the waste of water from the river that is currently flowing downstream to Pakistan. And use water in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir. Under the agreement, Jammu and Kashmir will provide 1,150 Cusec water under all circumstances, subject to a ceiling of 0.69 MAF under the 1979 agreement, he said. Punjab Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted over the weekend that Punjab and Jammu-Kashmir had signed a “historic” agreement on the Shahpur Kandi project, which would be completed in three years and would produce 207 MW of electricity and irrigate 95,000 hectares of land “for our farmers.” The Minister of Power, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, went on to say that Shahpur Kandi was as important to Punjab as the Bhakra and Ranjit Sagar Dam projects and that it would allow India to make full use of Ravi water under the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan. He added that all rights and counter-claims of the two states will be settled due to the delay in implementation by arbitration procedures, in accordance with the 1979 agreement. “A historic agreement on the implementation of the Shahpur Kandi dam project has been signed between Secretary of State BVR Subrahmanyam and his Punjab colleague Karan Avtar Singh,” he said. J-K receives 20% of the electricity generated by the project at Rs 3.40 per unit with predictable effect. J-K is entitled to 0.69 million Acre Fuo (MAF) of water from the Ravi, of which only 0.215 MAFs are currently used. Under the agreement, Kathua and Samba, as well as parts of Jammu district, will benefit from irrigation of agricultural land in the Kandi regions along the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway in Samba and Kathua districts. While the project will be carried out by Punjab, a tripartite team, led by a member, the Central Water Commission (CWC), made up of chief engineers from both states, will oversee the project.

Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab signed an agreement on Saturday to implement the Shahpur Kandi dam project, which has burned for several years, as an administration spokesman said. After India committed to fully use its “total” right to the waters of the eastern rivers – Ravi, Sutlej and Beas – of the Indus Basin, in accordance with the provisions of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty, the central government began to actively mediate between Punjab and J-K to ensure that no unopped water could flow to Pakistan.