High-level Delegation To Visit Kishanganga Project7 June 2011
Srinagar: A high level 30-member delegation, comprising 10 members each of Court of Arbitration, India and Pakistan, is scheduled to visit the 330 MW Kishanganga hydropower and storage project, being built in Bandipora district, official sources said. The delegation is reaching summer capital Srinagar on June 17 on a four-day visit and are will inspect the project site in Gurez sector of Bandipora district next day, the sources said. They said the Pakistani delegation is scheduled to reach the Line of Control (LoC) at ĎAman Setuí (peace bridge), which connects the divided parts of Kashmir in Uri sector and opened for divided families to visit each other in April, 2005, on June 17, before being flown to Srinagar. A detailed review meeting would be held at Gurez on June 18 followed by another inspection of the project at Bandipora on June 19. The delegation will conclude their visit on June 20, the officials said. The sources said a high level meeting has been convened by the state government here tomorrow to discuss necessary arrangements including security and accommodation for the delegation. The meeting is being chaired by Chief Secretary Madav Lal and being attended among others by Director General of State Police Kuldeep Khoda, principal secretaries of Home, Health and Medical Education, civil aviation and Commissioner Secretary Transport department, officials said. They said Divisional Commissioner, Inspector General of Police, Station Commander Indian Air Force, Srinagar and Director Health Services Srinagar are also scheduled to attend the meeting. Kishanganga hydropower project is being built on Kishanganga river, which flows into Pakistan, and was objected by Islamabad claiming that the project violates Indus Water Treaty (IWT) reached between the two countries. The project is likely to be completed in February, 2014.