Pak's poser to India on artificial lake project

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 14:38 hrs

Jammu: A visiting Pakistani team on Monday sought an evidence from the Jammu and Kashmir government that no provision of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) has been violated during ongoing constrution of an artificial lake on river Tawi here.

The three-member panel, headed by Sheraj Jameel Memon, the IWT Commissioner for Pakistan, had yesterday carried out a survey of the lake project.

On day two of their visit, the team today inspected the main heads of Ranbir and Partap canals built over river Chenab and Munawar Tawi in Jammu district.

Ranbir and Partap canals had been built during the erstwhile Dogra rule in 1880 for irrigating maximum area in the district.

"We need some evidence from the Indian side that no provision of the IWT has been violated with regard to the ariticial lake project," Memon told reporters.

"Our team is here to see which project is undertaken and whether there has been any violation of the IWT or not," he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government is constructing a two-km-long artificial lake by raising a check dam on Tawi river for providing water to dry areas in Jammu.

The construction work is expected to be completed in a year.

Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din said Pakistan had not raised any objections so far regarding construction of the lake.

"But the panel wanted to satisfy themselves after visiting the lake site and the place where the check dam is being raised," he said.

"They may have doubts regarding violation of the Indus Waters Treaty signed between the two countries but we have carried out work within the permissible limits of the treaty," the Minister said.

"No violation has been committed in any area which includes the design of the lake and water storage," he said.

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