Pak allows inspection of Kotri barrage by India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will allow India to inspect the Kotri barrage in the lower Indus, while New Delhi has agreed to Islamabad’s request for a special inspection of the hydroelectric projects in the Jhelum river basin, including the Kishanganga scheme, a Pakistani media report said Tuesday.

The decision was taken during last week’s meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission held in Lahore, the first official engagement between India and Pakistan since Imran Khan became Prime Minister on August 18.

“During the meeting both the sides agreed to conduct the general tours of inspection which could not be conducted since 2014,” the Dawn newspaper reported.

“The Pakistani Commissioner for Indus Waters (PCIW) will visit the Chenab basin in the last week of September 2018, followed by a tour of Indian Commissioner for Indus Water (ICIW) to the Kotri barrage in the lower Indus,” the report said quoting the minutes of the Permanent Indus Commission meeting held on August 29 and 30. (AGENCIES)