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Kishanganga project: India invites Pak for talks

india Updated: Oct 15, 2009 11:02 IST

India has invited Pakistan for talks over Kishanganga power project in Jammu and Kashmir, an issue over which Pakistan has threatened to move the World Bank for arbitration.

Indus Water Commissioner G Ranganathan has written a letter to his Pakistani counterpart Syed Jamaat Ali Shah inviting him for discussing the issue, official sources said.

Ranganathan sent the letter months after Pakistan threatened to move for arbitration the World Bank, which is third party in Indo-Pak water disputes under the 1960 Indus Water Treaty.

In his letter, Ranganathan has emphasised that approaching the World Bank was not warranted as the matter could be resolved through bilateral talks, the sources said.

Pakistan is yet to respond to the invitation, they said.

Pakistan threatened to approach the World Bank after several rounds of bilateral talks failed to end differences.

Pakistan has been opposing construction of the power project on Kishenganga, claiming that it violated the Indus Water Treaty, a contention rejected by India.

Work on the 330-MW project, whose capacity can be raised to 990 MW, started in 1994 and Pakistan immediately protested, prompting talks between the two countries to resolve it.

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.