LAHORE: India shares information on two power projects as two-day hectic talks held in New Delhi concluded. The talks continued on March 23 and 24 on two controversial projects at the Chenab basin, India finally shared some information/documents related to 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnai hydropower projects with Pakistan under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) 1960.

India also agreed to provide flood-related data to Pakistan from time to time. The major breakthrough in the talks was India agreeing on letting Pakistani experts visit the site of controversial Kishan Ganga hydropower project over river Jhelum river.

“It was a good but difficult meeting. But, finally, we succeeded in making headway by raising/reiterating our objections to the design of Pakal Dul and Lower Kalnai hydropower projects being constructed at the Chenab basin by India,” Pakistan’s Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Mohammad Mehr Ali Shah, who led an eight-member delegation for talks, told the media persons after returning home via Wagah border.

“And finally, they [the Indian side] provided some information, in writing, duly signed and stamped by them regarding the design of the aforementioned two projects. We may seek more information regarding the design [if required] as our engineering experts will examine the information provided to us,” he added.

During the meeting, Pakistani side reiterated its technical objections to both the projects, requesting the Indian side to accept the objections and amend the designs as demanded under the treaty. The Pakistani delegation also provided some technical basis to justify the objections, urging the Indians to evolve a consensus.

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