The dispute: ‘Constructing the barrage is in violation of Indus Water Treaty’

“India has the Wullar Lake and does not need additional water storage,” says an official.


Our Correspondent April 15, 2013
Pakistan maintains that the construction of the Wullar Barrage will convert the natural lake into a man-made storage with a capacity of 0.324 million acre feet. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

KARACHI:


Pakistan maintains that constructing the barrage is in violation of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT). “India has the Wullar Lake and does not need additional water storage,” an official said.


Under the treaty, Pakistan is entitled to water from the three western rivers: Indus, Jhelum and Chenab. Pakistan maintains that the construction of the Wullar Barrage will convert the natural lake into a man-made storage with a capacity of 0.324 million acre feet, which adversely affect the flow of water into the country.

India, on the other hand, maintains that certain amendments in the design and structure of the barrage can address Pakistan’s reservations. In the earlier rounds of talks, India has said it has the right to build the barrage under the IWT and that the navigation project will only be used to transport water and not as a storage facility.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2013.

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COMMENTS (21)

suleman yousifzai | 7 years ago | Reply ithink that the proper solution of the problem is that india must act upon the provision of the treaty and admit pakistan right over water distribtion if it is not done then an other war shall be started between them.
Genie | 8 years ago | Reply

My question to all concerned is that how much of water does manage to flow out into the sea after all and why can we not build massive number of above and below ground water storages to contain that flow?

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