India Agrees To Allow Pak Inspection Of J-K Hydropower Plants23 July 2010
The Economic Times
Lahore: India has agreed to allow Pakistan to inspect the two under-construction hydropower plants on the Indus river in Jammu and Kashmir to quell Islamabad's concerns over their designs. The visit to the Nimmo-Bazgo and Chutak hydropower plants will take place in August. The decision was taken in the periodic talks between the Indus Water Commissioners of the two countries being held in Lahore. Earlier, in May, Pakistan had demanded that its officials be allowed to visit the plants. During the meeting, Pakistan also raised the issue of polluted water inflows from India. Meanwhile, Indian Commissioner Aranga Nathan reassured his Pakistani counterpart Jamaat Ali Shah that he would take up the issue with the department concerned in India, The Dawn reports. The two teams also discussed proposals to make the commission more effective to allay a perception that the water pact is losing its utility.