LAHORE

Indian water delegation to be arrived on Tuesday

LAHORE: An Indian delegation will arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday to discuss the construction of two Indian power projects under the ambit of the Indus Water Treaty.

The nine-member delegation will be led by Indian Commissioner PK Saxena and caretaker commissioner Syed Mehar Ali Shah and his delegation will represent Pakistan.

The two-day moot will focus on Indian hydropower projects at Lower Kalnai and Pakal Dul which will have installed capacity of 48 and 1,000 megawatts respectively. As a result of these projects, India will be able to control 108,000 acre-feet of water from river Chenab.

In 2012, Pakistan objected over Pakal Dul’s design for violating the Sindh Taas Agreement. On the occasion, Pakistani officials demanded that the freeboard height should be reduced from seven-feet to two-feet and that the installation of the seal way gates should be done with an additional 40 metres in order to bring it to 1620 metres and align it with sea level.

Despite Pakistan repeatedly dissenting the storage of water in the dam and the provision of data in regards to its operation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the projects in May.