India allows inspection of Chenab power projects
Faisal Vawda says that continued efforts brought breakthrough in Indus Water Treaty dispute
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.