India, Pakistan talks on Indus Water Commission today


ISLAMABAD: India and Pakistan are all set for the two day meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) that will be held today.

The reports revealed that a 10-member Indian delegation headed by Indus Water Commissioner PK Saxena has come to Islamabad to take part in the meeting. The members include Ministry of External Affairs officials and technical experts.

On the other hand, Indus Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed will head the meeting from Pakistan side. Apart from him, several other officials of Ministry of Water and Power and other experts will attend the meeting.

The sources revealed that Pakistan would emphasize on the three Indian hydro projects being constructed on the rivers flowing to Pakistan.

They are 1000 MW Pakul Dul on Chenab, 120 MW Miyar, situated crosswise over Miyar Nalla which is a correct bank primary tributary of River Chenab, and the 43 MW Lower Kalnai hydro extend on Lower Kalnai Nalla, a tributary of stream Chenab.

Pakistan challenges that the projects were infringing the Indus Water Treaty of 1960, which has come under tension on both the sides.

The reports suggested that Pakal Dul and Lower Kalnai are being constructed in Jammu and Kashmir at a price of Rs 7,464 crore (November 2008 price level) and Rs 396 crore respectively. On the other hand, Miyar hydroelectricity project, situated in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul Spiti district, is likely to price Rs 1,125 crore.

In the meeting, 113th session of the Permanent Indus Waters Commission will be held today.

The previous meeting of the commission was organized in year 2015.

Earlier, the meeting of commission was forbidden in September 2016 due to tension due to Uri terror attack.