Pak`s poser to India on artificial lake project

A visiting Pakistani team on Monday sought evidence from the Jammu and Kashmir government that no provision of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) has been violated during ongoing construction of an artificial lake on river Tawi here.

Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 19:58 PM IST

Jammu: A visiting Pakistani team on Monday sought evidence from the Jammu and Kashmir government that
no provision of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) has been violated
during ongoing construction of an artificial lake on river Tawi
here.

The three-member panel, headed by Sheraj Jameel Memon,
the IWT Commissioner for Pakistan, had yesterday carried out a
survey of the lake project.

On day two of their visit, the team today inspected
the main heads of Ranbir and Partap canals built over river
Chenab and Munawar Tawi in Jammu district.

Ranbir and Partap canals had been built during the
erstwhile Dogra rule in 1880 for irrigating maximum area in
the district.

"We need some evidence from the Indian side that no
provision of the IWT has been violated with regard to the
ariticial lake project," Memon told reporters.

"Our team is here to see which project is undertaken
and whether there has been any violation of the IWT or not,"
he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government is constructing a
two-km-long artificial lake by raising a check dam on Tawi
river for providing water to dry areas in Jammu.

The construction work is expected to be completed in
a year.

Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation
and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din said Pakistan had not raised
any objections so far regarding construction of the lake.

"But the panel wanted to satisfy themselves after
visiting the lake site and the place where the check dam is
being raised," he said.

"They may have doubts regarding violation of the
Indus Waters Treaty signed between the two countries but we
have carried out work within the permissible limits of the
treaty," the minister said.

"No violation has been committed in any area which
includes the design of the lake and water storage," he said.

PTI