Chenab: Pakistan claims the flow of water in Chenab is significantly reduced; India calls it baseless| Instant News

New Delhi: Pakistan have said that the water discharge is at Chenab River has dropped significantly, a claim India has referred to as “baseless narrative”.

In a letter to Indian Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Saxena sent on Wednesday, his Pakistani counterpart Syed Mohammed Meher Ali Shah said that the dismissals at Marala Headworks on Chenab, which flowed into Pakistan from the Indian side, had suddenly reduced to 18,700 cusecs from 31,853 cusecs.

He also asked Saxena to look at the situation and notify him.

The Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters called the claim “another baseless narrative” by Pakistan and said the matter had been examined.

“Release in Akhnoor and Sidhra which is the last measuring and emptying site Chenab and the Tawi river respectively in India have been found to be consistent and show no significant variation during the mentioned period, “Saxena said on Friday.

He added the same response had been conveyed to Pakistan who advised that the matter be examined.

Permanent Indus Commission, formed below Indus Waters Agreement was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960. Indus Commissioners from both countries acted as representatives of their respective governments on the issue of agreement.

The agreement stipulates that the commissioners meet at least once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan.

This determines that the waters of the three eastern rivers namely Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, have been allocated exclusively to India.

Of a total of 168 million acres-feet, the Indian water share of the three rivers allocated is 33 million acres-feet, which is almost 20 percent. India uses 93-94 percent of water.

The western rivers, namely the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum, were allocated to Pakistan with India granted several rights such as agriculture, navigation, domestic use and also unlimited rights to develop hydropower projects within specified design and operating parameters.

In March, the annual meeting between Indus Commissioners was postponed after New Delhi proposed a postponement of the consultation due to the pandemic and locking up of the coronavirus virus.

The Indus Commissioners should hold a meeting no later than March 31 each year, according to the Indus Waters Agreement. ZMN homework


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