India has right to build Wullar Barrage: Indian secretary

Published: May 12, 2011
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Secretary of Pakistani Water and Power Ministry Javed Iqbal (R) walks with his Indian counterpart Dhruv Vijai Singh as they arrive for a meeting in Islamabad on May 12, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Secretary of Pakistani Water and Power Ministry Javed Iqbal (R) walks with his Indian counterpart Dhruv Vijai Singh as they arrive for a meeting in Islamabad on May 12, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Indian secretary Dharwajay Singh said on Thursday that India has the right to build the Wullar Barrage project under all conditions but a change in its structure or design can be discussed if Pakistan agrees. Pakistan-India secretary-level talks on Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigational project are being held in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s Water and Power secretary Javed Iqbal said that the construction of Wullar Barrage is not acceptable other than the framework of Indus Water Treaty. He also said Pakistan will not accept any project of India which may result in Indian control over the River Jhelum water.

Sources said that Pakistan has firmed up its case to challenge another project being built by India on the Indus River in violation of the 1960 Indus Water Treaty.

However, the Indian secretary said that the barrage is not in violation of the Indus Water Treaty and will be used only for transportation.

Indian delegation, headed by Secretary Water Resources Dhruv Vijai Singh is in Islamabad from May 12 to 14 to discuss Pakistan’s objection to the diversion of Jhelum River into the Wullar barrage and construction of a 439-foot long and 12-metre wide navigational lock at the barrage.

The Pakistani delegation, to be headed by Water and Power Secretary Javed Iqbal, is expected to inform the Indian team about its decision to take up with a neutral expert the building of 45MW Nimoo-Bazgo hydroelectric plant on the main Indus River.

The two countries have so far held 13 rounds of secretary-level talks, including four under the composite dialogue, on the issue lying unresolved for more than 26 years. India started constructing the Wullar barrage in 1985 but had to suspend work in 1987 after objections by Pakistan which moved to seek international court of arbitration or the neutral expert.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Ba Ha
    May 12, 2011 - 4:50PM

    We may have the right to nuke it tooRecommend

  • Blunt!
    May 12, 2011 - 5:21PM

    Almost always, Whenever the Pakistanis feel threatened, subjugated by someone, they start talking about how nuclear capable they are,… about nuking other country/land..blah blah.

    Why do they forget that there are other Nuclear Capable countries but one rarely see them talking like that.

    Well, maybe its just their insecurities, guilt or god knows what! (sigh)Recommend

  • Aman
    May 12, 2011 - 5:24PM

    Great do u think India doesn’t have nukes…Recommend

  • s. ali
    May 12, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Then who is right ?? two countries are saying different things. barrage construction is allowed,but large scale water diversion is not allowed according to international laws……i think i am not wrong. They sud go international court for this matter and declare what the international court says to public and go ahead with that.Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 5:40PM

    yes.. instead of a peacful solution to the TRUMPED UP ANIMOSITY which has existed for the past 60 years… cooler heads need to prevail.. stop fighting like school kids in the play ground..

    Come to the table.. Settle the STUPID DISPUTE!!! and then live happily and peacefully.Recommend

  • Raj
    May 12, 2011 - 5:46PM

    @Ba Ha : I don’t think that nuke will help in this matter. It will add radioactive content to the water which flows through India and Jhelum causing harm to common civilians of both the countries. Rather since there is no agreement regarding the clauses of the treaty, it’s better to involve International Court on this. Also it’s high-time that the two countries create a new version of the treaty based on the current scenario.Recommend

  • Hamid Javaid
    May 12, 2011 - 6:01PM

    Don’t fight like monkeys. Respect each other if you both want to live happily. Shed off your politicians and share the resources as agreed. Do not disrupt or doge each other as any miss calculation would be catastrophic. There would be more human bodies compare to vultures if core issues kept on pending. Then both nations would be spending billions on medicines to be procured from your Masters. The longer you deny each other the more glittering shops would be shown to both nations by the Masters of both countriesRecommend

  • indian
    May 12, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @hamid,”Do not disrupt or doge each other as any miss calculation would be catastrophic”.
    India doesnt care whatever threat you propose that pakistan can threaten . India always has the policy with water or kashmir or afghanistan is this ..”Take it or leave it ” .You can cry or go to International court if you think in justice is there .India welcomes that move and represent her position there and if you win there India will abide by that rule..But its upto pakistan to proceed!.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    May 12, 2011 - 9:07PM

    @QuranVsHadith: “Come to the table.. Settle the STUPID DISPUTE!!! and then live happily and peacefully.

    Second you on that. May the party with better justification (for or against the barrage) have its way.Recommend

  • BruteForce
    May 12, 2011 - 9:31PM

    Pakistan should please the Indians and then India might not undertake any project which will be harmful to Pakistan. But, if Pakistan keeps supporting Terror against India, then there is no hope.Recommend

  • Thomas
    May 12, 2011 - 9:41PM

    India should build whatever it needs on the rivers on its side. India should scrap the Indus Valley water treaty at the earliest. See, Chinese never entered into a treaty with India and can build whatever it needs on its side of the border. India should do the same ASAP. Don’t try to appease Pakistan at all. It is within India’s right. Let Pakistan go to World Court. If they want to nuke India, India should nuke every river at Pakistani border. These impotent Pkistanis make too many threats. They will die with out water.!!!Recommend

  • Bart
    May 12, 2011 - 10:37PM

    the guy with the briefcase looks like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons.Recommend

  • optimist
    May 13, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Sometimes I think both India and Pakistan need a phenominal destruction (earthquake?) before they realise how important it is to live peacefully. Recommend

  • Babloo
    May 13, 2011 - 12:43AM

    India-Pak talks are meaningless exercise. India should refer all projects on shared rivers to the independent Panel constituted by World Bank as per Indus treaty and not waste years discussing projects with Pakistan. India has an excellent and outstanding record of adherence to the treaty, despite many wars, as all obligations under the treaty fall on India.Recommend

  • Paknumber1
    May 13, 2011 - 2:54AM

    I think the indians should give everything the pakistani demand, kashmir,bal thakiray, modi, ashwarya rai, sharukh khan, siachen, runn of katchh etc. After that, pakistan army will give up its animosity with the bharathis, give up arms and concentrate on playing golf, running NLC, building DHAs, making cereal for the young pakistani etc.
    Oh darn..the pakistani army is already………….playing golf, running NLC, building DHAs, making cereal for the young pakistani etc.Recommend

  • KK
    May 13, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Indias water terrorism.Recommend

  • Venky
    May 13, 2011 - 6:52AM

    @Ba Ha:
    Do it right awayRecommend

  • Venky
    May 13, 2011 - 6:56AM

    @optimist:
    You have a nuclear weapon. But you want a natural disaster to deter us. Well done. God bless Pakistan.Recommend

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