India, Pakistan to hold 2nd round of discussion on hydro projects

NEW DELHI: The second round of discussions between India and Pakistan on Ratle and Kishanganga hydroelectric projects, over which Islamabad has raised objections, will take place in Washington on September 14 and 15 under the aegis of the World Bank. Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjit Singh will lead the Indian delegation comprising representatives from the Ministry of External Affairs, Power, India’s Indus Water Commissioner and Central Water Commission.

“A multi-disciplinary (Indian) delegation led by our secretary (Singh) will hold second round of technical discussions on Ratle and Kishenganga hydroelectric projects with Pakistan and the World Bank on September 14 and 15,” a senior official said today. The first round of discussion had taken place in Washington on July 31 and August 1 this year, the official said. Following the first round, the global lender had also issued a fact sheet giving its stated position on the IWT under which India is allowed to construct hydroelectric facilities on the shared Indo-Pak rivers.

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