Pakistan, India close to deal on 2 power projects

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    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\01\story_1-6-2010_pg7_1

    Pakistan, India close to deal on 2 power projects


    * Jamaat Ali Shah says consensus evolved on 250-MW Uri-II power project coming up on River Jehlum
    * Both sides expected to find a solution to controversial Chutak hydroelectric project

    By Iftikhar Gilani

    NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan are close to an agreement on two power projects coming up in Indian-held Kashmir, which have been a major bone of contention between the two countries over the past two years.

    Confirming that a consensus had evolved on the 250 megawatts Uri-II power project on Jehlum River, Pakistan Indus Commissioner Jamaat Ali Shah told Daily Times that the issue was dealt with in the “spirit of cooperation and as a gesture of goodwill”.

    Solution: As the 105th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission led by respective Indus commissioners is underway in New Delhi, both sides expect to find a solution to another irritant, the 44MW Chutak hydroelectric project on river Suru (a tributary of Indus) in Kargil district, before they conclude discussions on Wednesday.

    India has agreed to permit the Pakistani Commission to undertake two tour inspections to Leh and Kargil in the first week of August.

    Further, they also agreed to meet again in July in Lahore.

    Commenting on the commission meeting, Jamaat Ali Shah said it was an annual feature to prepare annual reports for the governments. “We also agreed on modalities to exchange advance information on floods and river water flow. We need this information from India to activate our flood information system to save property and lives back in Pakistan,” he added.

    Following massive floods in Pakistan in 1988, both countries signed an agreement in 1989 to set up an elaborate arrangement for exchanging flood information beyond the Indus Water Treaty.

    “We think this cooperation is working very well. But that has to be renewed every year as user agencies need additional information,” Shah said.

    He said the commission on Monday discussed in detail the controversial power projects – the Uri-II, Chutak and the 45MW Nimoo Bazgo, located about 70 kilometres from Leh in Ladakh region – and Pakistan’s objections to these projects.

    Shah said they got enough information about the design of Uri-II. “Therefore, a consensus was developed on the basis of information provided by India at the meeting. We have agreed to its design now,” Shah said.

    He, however, asked India to reciprocate the gesture and goodwill by providing advance and timely information on projects. “We don’t want to slow down India’s quest for power and development. But we are concerned that they provide us information and design projects as per the Indus Water Treaty (IWT). So far our experience is India is too slow in generating and passing on information, which cause unnecessary delays and problems,” the Pakistani commissioner added.

    There is a possibility of an agreement on Chutak power project as well, as Shah said they were awaiting some crucial information that India had assured to table in a day. He said his side expected a consensus on the technical aspect of this project as well. However, on Nimoo Bazgo, he said India was yet to allay our objections.

    Shah further said he raised the issue of avoiding the recurrence of the incidences like the Baglihar dam filling.
     
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    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Indus-Water-talks--Row-over-two-J-K-projects-may-end/627612

    Indus Water talks: Row over two J-K projects may end


    Even as India and Pakistan are at loggerheads over the Kishanganga hydro power project in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indus Commissioners of both countries on Monday looked set to resolve the differences over two other hydro-power projects in J-K.

    The Indus Commissioners are learnt to have discussed 240MW Uri-II project on Jhelum river in Kashmir and 44 MW Chutak Hydel project on a tributary of Indus river in Kargil district on the first day of the three-day talks under the 1960 Indus Water Treaty in the Capital.

    With Pakistan earlier raising concerns over its share of water due to these projects, India is learnt to have furnished technical details of the two projects during the meeting. Pakistan is learnt to have expressed its satisfaction with the details.

    Though the meeting comes close on the heels of Pakistan asking India to start court of arbitration proceedings on the Kishanganga project, which is strongly opposed by Pakistan, sources said the issue will not be discussed in the meeting.

    Sources pointed out that the meeting cannot discuss the Kishanganga project as the issue has now gone beyond the ambit of the Permanent Indus Commission and will be dealt legally at the political level.

    Both sides are also slated to discuss the annual report of the work of the last one year and also finalise the work plan for next year during the talks.

    Both sides may also choose to discuss other issues pertaining to projects in the Indus Basin and seek clarification from each other as provided in the Treaty.

    In this context, sources said that in the previous meeting of both Indus Commissioners in Pakistan in March this year, Pakistan had sought changes in the design of the Nimmo-Bazgo hydropower project being built by India in J-K. Sources said India was prepared to provide the technical details of Nimmo-Bazgo project to allay Pakistan’s apprehensions.
     
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    Was there any dispute on uri-ii and Chutak Hydel projects,,,i don't think there were any.pakistan raised both these just to delay projects.The thing is that it was the same Jamat ali shah and his team of engineers to whom indian engineer team at IIT Roorkee explained the baglihar dam design and difference between the gated and ungated sluice gate design and he said in exasperation that he didnt understand anything...but then to delay baglihar project they went to neutral expert who approved indian design with minor reduction in height of the gates.only thing was that due to pakistan's objection baglihar got delayed....but india has learnt its lesson from that and straight away went into kishenganga project construction after expiry of pakistan's objection on the project.They will comeback on kishenganga too otherwise they again lose the case like bagalihar.
     
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