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India, Pak resolve matters relating to filling of Baglihar dam

india Updated: Jun 01, 2010 19:46 IST

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India and Pakistan today 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.