Kishanganga project: Pakistan team arrives
9 February 2005
New Delhi: The Pakistan Indus Commissioner arrived here today for talks on the Kishanganga hydroelectric project in Baramullah district of Jammu and Kashmir. The two-day talks, beginning tomorrow, would be at the level of the Indus Water Commissioners of the Permanent Indus Commission. Jamait Ali Shah leads the eight-member Pakistani delegation, whileD.K. Mehta would head the Indian side. This would be the first 'technical' discussions. The 330 MW project — under the Indus Water Treaty of 1960 — involves diversion of waters from one tributary (Kishanganga in India- Neelam in Pakistan) of river Jhelum to another (Bunar Madhumati) near Bandipur in Baramullah. India is building a powerhouse near Bunkot and would return the entire volume of waters used back into Jhelum on weekly basis through the Wullar Lake.