Ujh Multipurpose Project

2 min read

News:Union Minister has chaired a meeting to fast-track the implementation of Ujh Multipurpose(National) Project,Jammu & Kashmir. 

Facts:

About Ujh Multipurpose(National) Project:

  • The project is planned to be constructed in Kathua District of Jammu & Kashmir on the River Ujh, a major tributary of the Ravi river.
  • The project will enhance the utilization of waters of Eastern Rivers allotted to India as per the Indus Water Treaty.

About Indus Water Treaty:

  • The Indus Waters Treaty,1960 is a water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan.
  • The Indus system comprises of the Indus River, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej.The basin is mainly shared by India and Pakistan with a small share for China and Afghanistan.
  • Under the Indus treaty, all the waters of three eastern rivers namely Ravi,Sutlej and Beas were allocated to India for exclusive use.
  • On the other hand,the waters of Western rivers namely Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab were allocated to Pakistan.But India can use the water in western rivers in non-consumptive needs. Here non-consumptive means we can use it for irrigation, storage and even for electricity production.

India’s Projects on Indus River:

  • India has constructed the Bhakra Dam on Sutlej, Pong and Pandoh Dam on Beas and Thein (Ranjitsagar) on Ravi.
  • Further,India is constructing several other projects such as Shahpurkandi Project, Ujh multipurpose project among others.