India, Pakistan hold talks on Wullar barrage
The Wullar Barrage dispute arose when Pakistan objected to India's proposal to build the barrage on Jhelum.india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 16:12 IST
India and Pakistan on Thursday held talks in Islamabad to iron out differences over New Delhi's plan to construct a barrage over the Wullar lake in Jammu and Kashmir, to which Islamabad objects.
The Wullar Barrage dispute arose when Pakistan objected to India's proposal to build the barrage on Jhelum at the mouth of Wullar near Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir in 1984 to make the river more navigable in summer.
Pakistan objected to it saying that it violated the 1960 Indus Water Treaty and argued that the project would empower India to control the flow of the river and release large flows of water during hostilities.
Secretary of the Indian Water Resources Ministry, J Hari Narayan heading a 10-member delegation went into consultation with his Pakistan counterpart Ashfaq Mahmood to find a solution to the Wullar Barrage issue.
The talks were scheduled to end tomorrow after which the Indus Water Commissioners of both the countries would meet in Lahore for a day to discuss differences over Krishenganga project being constructed by India in Jammu and Kashmir.
A World Bank-appointed neutral expert currently arbitrated the differences over the Baglihar dam and his judgement was expected in November.
India's Indus Commissioner, DK Mehta who is part of the delegation, was expected to convey the recent decisions taken by the Indian government to change the design of Kishenganga to accommodate Pakistan's reservations.
The Wullar talks were being held under the Composite Dialogue process between India and Pakistan, which has entered its third round.