Lahore: India assured Pakistan to seriously consider its objections on water projects and visit Pakistan.
According to details, the Pakistani delegation returned home after the Pak-India water talks. A delegation of Pakistan Indus Water Commission participated in the two-day talks in New Delhi. The eight-member delegation was led by Indus Water Commissioner Mehr Ali Shah while the Indian delegation was led by Indus. Water Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Saxena.
Talking to media at Wagah border, Indus Water Commissioner Mehra Ali Shah said that the meeting has been resumed after 2018. The Indian side listened to our position with full attention and hoped that this meeting would continue every year.
The Indus Water Commissioner said that technical objections were raised in the last meeting of the Indian project, the objections were guaranteed to be considered and Indian officials have assured a visit to Pakistan.
Mehra Ali Shah said that India has provided flood data supply in the past monsoon, a meeting will be held before July 1, in which flood data will be shared.
He said that the impression was wrong that India’s five power projects were being completed, the Lower Kalnai and Pak Dal were not being completed in the near future. India also invited us during the Korona, which is a positive development.
The Indus Water Commissioner further said that India welcomes our objections and India has assured us that the objections will be taken seriously.
It may be recalled that during the talks, Pakal Dal and Lower Kalnai hydropower projects were discussed on the Chenab river.
Pakistan has raised objections to the option of water storage in both the projects. Pakistan is of the view that India can build a project on the Chenab river and India cannot store water from Pakistani rivers under the Indus Basin Treaty.