The annual meeting between the Indus Commissioners was postponed after New Delhi proposed a postponement of the consultation due to the pandemic and locking up of the coronavirus virus.
- Last Updated: May 8, 2020, 10:49 PM IST
Pakistan said that the flow of water in the Chenab river has dropped significantly, a claim India calls “baseless narratives”.
In a letter to Indian Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Saxena sent on Wednesday, his Pakistani counterpart, Syed Mohammed Meher Ali Shah, stated that the dismissals at Marala Headworks in Chenab, which flowed into Pakistan from the Indian side, had unexpectedly 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.
“Discharges at Akhnoor and Sidhra which are the last measurement and disposal sites in the Chenab and Tawi rivers in India have each been found to be consistent and did not show significant variations during the stated period,” Saxena told PTI on Friday.
He added the same response had been conveyed to Pakistan who advised that the matter be examined.
The Permanent Indus Commission, formed under the 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 matter of the 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.
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