Dy NSA reviews situation in Kashmir, projects under IWT

Yogesh Sagotra. Updated: 5/27/2023 1:58:26 AM Front Page

Jammu: Ahead of Amarnath Yatra, Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) Vikram Misri has reviewed the prevailing security situation in the valley and took stock of progress on Hydro Power Projects on the Indus Basin to ensure India's fair share under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).
As per officials, Dy NSA Misri who was on two days tour of Kashmir met with top military and security officials of Union Territory and was briefed on the prevailing situation in the valley of Kashmir.
The visit draws relevance ahead of the ensuing Amarntah Yatra, which is commencing from July 1.
Officials said that besides discussing the current situation, Dy NSA Misri also appreciated security forces' restless efforts for successful conduct of G20 working group meeting on Tourism in Srinagar on May 22-24.
The NSA also took stock of the progress made on various Hydro Power Projects in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.
According to sources, it was noted that progress has been made on several fronts, and emphasis was laid on completing the works on all the Indus Basin projects in a timely manner to enable better utilization of India's rights under the Indus Waters Treaty.
During the two-day visit, the Deputy National Security Advisor also called on Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Vikram Misri apprised the LG of ongoing efforts to monitor the implementation of hydropower projects in the Indus Basin under the direction of the Prime Minister's office.
Sinha assured the full cooperation of the J&K administration in this endeavour.
Pertinently in January this year, India issued notice to Pakistan for modification of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) of September 1960.
Notice was conveyed on January 25 through respective Commissioners for Indus Waters. This is as per Article XII (3) of IWT, sources said today.
According to sources, India has always been a steadfast supporter and a responsible partner in implementing IWT in letter and spirit.
However, Pakistan’s actions have adversely impacted the provisions of IWT and their implementation and forced India to issue an appropriate notice for modification of IWT.
In 2015, Pakistan requested the appointment of a Neutral Expert to examine its technical objections to India’s KishenGanga and Ratle Hydro Electric Projects (HEPs).
In 2016, Pakistan unilaterally retracted this request and proposed that a Court of Arbitration adjudicate its objections.

Updated On 5/27/2023 1:59:35 AM

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