In­dia al­lows in­spec­tion of Chenab power projects

Faisal Vawda says that con­tin­ued ef­forts brought break­through in In­dus Wa­ter Treaty dis­pute

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LA­HORE: In­dian au­thor­i­ties have fi­nally given green-sig­nal to a Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion to in­spect the hy­dro-elec­tric projects at River Chenab in In­dia.

Adel­e­ga­tion of wa­ter of­fi­cials headed by Pak­istan’s In­dus Wa­ter Com­mis­sioner Me­har Ali Shah will leave on Jan­uary 27 for a four-day visit and will in­spect 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kal­nai hy­dro­elec­tric projects on the River Chenab.

In­dian of­fi­cials have also ex­pressed pos­i­tive signs with re­gard to in­spec­tion by Pak­istani of­fi­cials about other projects on Chenab, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Adel­e­ga­tion of nine of­fi­cials led by In­dian Wa­ter Com­mis­sioner Pradeep Ku­mar Sax­ena vis­ited Pak­istan in Au­gust last year for talks per­tain­ing to wa­ter is­sues.

The wa­ter com­mis­sion­ers of the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries are re­quired to meet twice a year and ar­range tech­ni­cal vis­its to sites of projects and crit­i­cal river head­works.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Re­sources Faisal Vawda hailed the de­vel­op­ment as a “ma­jor break­through”, say­ing a del­e­ga­tion led by Shah will visit the In­dian hy­dropower projects at the Chenab Basin for an in­spec­tion be­tween Jan­uary 27 and Fe­bru­ary 1.

“It’s in­deed a feather in [the] Min­istry for Wa­ter Re­sources’ cap. We wel­come this ges­ture from In­dia and we ex­pect the same spirit for res­o­lu­tion of other out­stand­ing is­sues,” the min­is­ter said in a se­ries of tweets.

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