India and Pakistan are to attend a two-day meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission on Monday. According to reports, the Indian delegation consists of 10 members and is led by Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena. The other members consist of officials from the Ministery of External Affairs and other technical experts. Meanwhile, the Pakistani team will be headed by Pakistani Commissioner for the Indus Water, Mirza Asad Saeed and would be assisted by the Ministry of Water and Power among other experts. Indian and Pakistan have been at loggerheads about the Indus Water treaty, both countries wanting more out of the deal.
Here are 5 things you need to go as this meeting gets underway today:
1) Pakistan is to highlight their concerns about 3 hydro projects that India is currently building on the rivers that flow to Pakistan in their course.
2) One of these projects in the 1000 MW Pakul Dul dam on Chenab.Another one includes a 120 MW on Miyar, which would be located across Miyar Nalla, a right bank tributary of the river Chenab and a 43 MW hydro project on the Lower Kalnai Nalla; another tributary of Chenab.
3) According to Pakistan, all these projects are in the violation of the Indus Water Treaty of 1960. The treaty has come under severe strains due to the ongoing tension between both parties.
4) The Pakal Dul and Lower Kanhai dams, which are being built in Jammu and Kashmir, cost Rs 7,464 crore and Rs 396 respectively. The Miyar Dam is located in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti and has an approximate cost of Rs 1,125 crore.
5) Established in 1960, the Permanent Indus Waters Commission will have its 113th session today. The last meeting had been organised in 2015. However, the September 2016 meeting had been cancelled by India after the Uri terror attacks.
A source from the Indian government told PTI that India remained open to discuss and resolve Pakistan’s concerns over its projects. However, he also admitted that India would not compromise in exploiting its rights under the 57-year-old pact.