Pakistan seeks details of India’s hydel projects in Kashmir

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akistan asked India on Monday to share the details of the designs of hydroelectric projects being built in Kashmir and provide access to Pakistani experts to verify that the Indus Water Treaty is not being violated in the process.

The demand was made on the first day of the two-day Indus Water Commission meeting which began in Islamabad on Monday after a gap of nearly two years following the tensions in bilateral ties after the Uri attack.

During the Water Commission meeting, officials from India and Pakistan discussed problems relating to the Indus Basin.

The 10-member Indian delegation led by Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena held a close door meeting with the Pakistani side which was headed by Indus Water commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed.

Pakistan’s Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif had earlier said the meeting will discuss the design of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants and flood data supply by India.

The 1000 MW Pakal Dul is being built on Chenab, while 120 MW Miyar located across Miyar Nalla which is a right bank main tributary of Chenab and the 43 MW Lower Kalnai hydro project is located on Lower Kalnai Nalla, another tributary of river Chenab.

An official said Pakistan formally asked India to share the details of the designs of the three projects and also provide access to Pakistani experts to verify that the Indus Water Treaty was not being violated in the process.

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