Pakistan Objects To Power Projects In Jammu And Kashmir
23 November 2007
The Times of India
New Delhi: Pakistan has objected to hydel power plants proposed to be set in Jammu and Kashmir although the projects are in compliance of the water treaty signed between the two countries, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. 'Pakistan has raised objections on Indian power projects being set up Jammu and Kashmir,' Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in a written reply. Under the Indus Water Treaty, 1960 between the two nations, India is required to furnish information in respect of new run-of-river projects and storage projects on Jhelum, Chenab and Indus rivers, he said. 'Information in respect of the projects have been sent to Pakistan. Pakistan has raised objection on each of the projects. In India's view, the design of each of the projects is in compliance of the provisions of the treaty,' Shinde said. He added that efforts were on to resolve the issues through correspondence and meetings of the Permanent Indus Commission within the purview of the treaty and also through secretary level talks. He also said the estimated cost of the 450 MW Baglihar power project in Jammu and Kashmir has increased to Rs 5,000 crore from Rs 4,000 crore estimated earlier due to damages caused by floods in July 2005 and time overrun.