New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Monday
discussed issues of river water sharing and exchange of data
including that related to flood warning here.
The three-day talks between the Indus Commissioners
would also focus on finalising the annual report and work out
the programme for the next year as per the 1960 Indus Water
Source said before the talks began, Pakistani team
expressed its desire to visit the 240 MW Uri II project and
the 44 MW Chutak hydel project on Suru, a tributary of the
Indus in Kargil district.
Pakistan claims that the construction of the Chutak
project would block 35,000-feet per acre water.
On Uri II, Pakistan claims that under the Indus
Treaty, it was given a certain time period to respond to the
designs of the projects, but India had started construction
work before the deadline for Islamabad`s response.
Sources said, as a "goodwill gesture" India was ready
to share advance flood data with Pakistan as the monsoon
India had been providing Pakistan with advance flood
warning for the past several years to enable it lessen damages
in case of flash floods.
The nine-member Pakistani delegation, led by Water
Commissioner Syed Jamat Ali Shah, arrived here on Saturday
night. Indus Water Commissioner G Ranganathan is leading the
talks from Indian side.