A new proposal for the exchange of water between India and Pakistan is not being considered: Govt.

NEW DELHI: A new proposal between India and Pakistan is not being considered, the government said on Thursday.

Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha about whether there is a proposal to share water between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria said that there is already an agreement between India and Pakistan to share the waters of the Indo river and its tributaries.

The use of the Indus waters is governed by the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan in 1960. No new proposal is being considered with regard to the water exchange between India and Pakistan, Kataria said in a written response to a Question.

The treaty specifies that the waters of three eastern rivers, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, have been reserved for India, while that of the western Indus, Chenab and Jhelum rivers are for Pakistan.

He added that India and Bangladesh currently share the waters of the Ganges River in Farakka, according to the 1966 Ganges Water Treaty.

Both sides are currently engaged in the analysis of the data of rivers belonging to the cross-border rivers Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Feni, Manu, Muhuri, Khowai and Gumti.