August 26, 2014
SAFDAR RASHEED – BR Report –
The second round of talks between Pak-India Indus water commissions remained inconclusive as Indian Indus Water Commissioner K. Vohra categorically rejected the demands of Pakistan to change the design of Kishanganga and Baglihar dam projects. Indus Water Commissioner of Pakistan Asif Baig Mirza spoke to media persons after he attended both commission.
He said in Monday”s meeting Pakistan raise serious objections and voiced reservations against four hydropower projects on the River Chenab in the Occupied Kashmir, and called for modification of their designs to meet the requirements of the agreement between the two countries. “In the meeting on Monday Indian Indus Water commissioner K. Vohra termed all projects designs in accordance with the Indus Water Treaty,” Baig added.
“We underscored the need for changes in designs with especial reference to the spillways and poundage, which affect the intake location. The intake of water should go up; spillways are low in elevation and these needed to be taken up,” Asif Baig Mirza maintained. He said that India had not shown any positivity over Pakistan”s objections as Indian Commission on Indus Water was unwilling and reluctant to admit objections raised by Pakistan. If we fail to resolve the issue at commission”s level then we will go for natural experts” inspection and the court of arbitration, according to him. The final round of talks will be held on Tuesday (Today).