Pak withdraws objection to two J-K power projects

New Delhi, May 31: In a significant development, Pakistan today withdrew its objection to construction of Uri-II and Chutak hydel power projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

At the Indus Water Commissioner-level talks here, the Pakistani side said it had no objection to the designs of the two power projects after the Indian side provided details of these, official sources told PTI.

Pakistan had earlier raised objections over the 240 MW Uri-II project being constructed on Jhelum river in Kashmir valley and the 44 MW Chutak plant being built on Suru, a tributary of Indus river in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh province.

Pakistan had claimed that the projects would deprive it of its share of water.

The breakthrough came on the first day of three-day Indus Water Commission talks.