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India, Pak resolve matters related to Baglihar dam

India and Pakistan on Tuesday resolved the issue relating to the initial filling of Baglihar dam in Jammu and Kashmir with the neighbouring country deciding not to raise the matter further.



New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Tuesday resolved
the issue relating to the initial filling of Baglihar dam in
Jammu and Kashmir with the neighbouring country deciding not
to raise the matter further.

The decision was arrived at the talks of Permanent Indus
Commissioners of the two countries who are meeting here.

A World Bank appointed expert has already given a decision
in favour of India.

"The two sides discussed the issue at length without any
prejudice to each other`s stand...Indian and Pakistani teams
resolved the issue relating to initial filling of Baglihar dam
after discussions," sources said.

Pakistan also agreed not to raise the issue further.

Islamabad had claimed it was not getting 55,000 cusecs of
water at Magrala when India filled up the dam commissioned in
October, 2008. India had contented that water as per the 1960
Indus Water Treaty was being provided to Pakistan.

Pakistan had moved the World Bank for arbitration on
Baglihar power project built on Chenab river in Jammu and
Kashmir. Pakistan was objecting to the design and height of
the dam.

The World Bank appointed a neutral expert, Richard Laffite
who held separate discussions with representatives of the two
countries and visited the dam site.

After thorough deliberations, the expert gave a go-ahead
in February 2007 to the 440 MW project in Doda district with
some suggestions for reduction in the dam height.

Under the Indus Water Treaty, Pakistan has exclusive right
over three of the common rivers -- Indus, Jhelum and Chenab --
while India has exclusive right over Sutlej, Ravi and Beas.
Kishenganga is a tributary of Jhelum river.

At the meeting, held annually, Pakistan also raised
certain objections to the Nimoo Bazgo hydel power project and
the matter would be further discussed in the next meeting
likely to be held in Pakistan.

According to NHPC, the project is a run-of-the-river
scheme to harness the hydropower potential of river Indus in
Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir. The project is likely
generate 239 Million Units (MU) of power.

PTI

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