Pakistan Team May Inspect Water Project In Held Kashmir9 February 2010
The News International
Lahore: A delegation of Pakistan Indus Water Commission may inspect water sector projects being built on River Indus in the Indian Held Kashmir during upcoming summer. According to sources, a delegation led by Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner Syed Jamaat Ali Shah asked the visiting Indian team here on Tuesday to share details of its ongoing projects on River Indus in the IHK. They also expressed keenness to inspect the project sites. Pakistan also forcefully raised its concern over the construction of various water sector projects on western rivers. Pakistan believes that with the construction of these projects, the water flow towards Pakistan could be manipulated. The sources claimed that the Indian delegation in principal agreed to allow inspection of the projects. However, they added, no schedule has yet been finalised. They hinted that Pakistan delegation may visit the sites in June-July after melting of snow following mutual understanding. India is currently constructing three hydropower projects on River Indus in the IHK. These include Chutak Dam with 59- meter height, Nimoo Bazgo with 57-metre height and Dumkhar of 42-meter height. These projects are at early to middle stages of construction, sources said. Pakistan has also asked India to verify the river flow data, keeping in view the recent drastic cut in inflows of Chenab. It was stated that there were reports that water flow could be reduced in recent months due to changing weather pattern. It is stressed, India should also verify such flow pattern.