Two Indian hydropower projects sites will be inspected by Pakistanis. The two sites, 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnai will be inspected by Pakistani expert by the end of September. India also assured that any objections or concerns raised relating to the projects will be taken seriously.
Water Resource Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja said, “The major breakthrough of the two-day talks held in Lahore is that India has agreed to get the projects’ sites visited by our experts. Therefore, our team comprising experts will visit the sites in India by the end of next month.”
Adding, “During the visit, our experts will minutely examine the sites, construction in the light of the provisions of Indus Water Treaty (IWT) and the objections raised by Pakistan to the aforementioned projects being executed by India over the Chenab River.”
Pakistan and Indian delegations met in Lahore for crucial Indus Waters discussion. The Indian delegation was led by Pradeep Kumar Saxena while Pakistani delegation was led by Commissioner for Indus Water Syed Mohammad Mehr Ali Shah.
Mr. Khawaja said, “We think that we have succeeded in convincing India to address our issues since we don’t want to see any disruption in the flows of our rivers by anyone under the IWT. That is why they have seriously reviewed our objections once again. And finally, during the second round of the two-day talks, which concluded in Lahore on Thursday, it has been decided that both the countries would prepare technical memorandums separately on the issue and exchange the same with each other during the next meeting to be held within next three to four months.”
He also claimed that the next meeting between Pakistan and India that will be held in India, will be final & conclusive. He said, “Resumption of talks between Pakistan and India — which have been suspended since 2014 — in March and August indicates some positive things. We hope that India would surely respect the IWT by considering our objections through an amicable solution in the next meeting.”
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