February 2005 News

Kishanganga project: Pakistan team arrives

9 February 2005
The Hindu
Gargi Parsai

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.


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