Pak concerned over Indian hyrdropower projects

LAHORE: The Pakistan Water Commission on Monday expressed its reservations on India’s proposed hydropower projects on the Chenab river and Kishanganga Dam. The reservations were conveyed to the Indian delegation during the second round of a five-day meeting of Pakistan-India Indus Commissions held at the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK). Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Baig said, “If the reservations were not removed by India, Pakistan would use other forums, including the International Court of Arbitration (ICA).” Mirza Asif Baig led Pakistan’s delegation while Indian Indus Water Commissioner K Vohra headed the Indian side. Second round of talks between Indian and Pakistani water experts did not give any positive result. According to Indus Water Commission (IWC) sources, India has refused to change the design and spillways of Kishan Ganga Dam. Moreover, Delhi has not assured Islamabad that it would not build more dams on Chanab River. The third round of talks will start today (Tuesday). 

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