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Pak complains of not receiving Chenab water

At the moment, half of the 3.6 million units of power, generated daily by first of its three units, illuminates Jaipur, which pays over Rs 9 per unit.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 21, 2008, 03.47 AM IST
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SRINAGAR: For energy-deficit J&K, 450 MW Baglihar brings hope. At the moment, half of the 3.6 million units of power, generated daily by first of its three units, illuminates Jaipur, which pays over Rs 9 per unit. But a Cauvery-type row between India and Pakistan may be in the offing.

Islamabad is claiming that the water discharge into the Chenab has reduced to a historic low. At Marala head works, reports quoting head of Pakistan Indus Commission Jamat Ali Shah said they received just 19,351 cusecs on October 9 and 10,739 cusecs on October 11 against a minimum of 55,000 cusecs. This, he added, has created a drought-like situation in vast stretches on other side of the Radcliffe divide for which Islamabad may seek compensation.

Prior to Shah���s Monday inspection, Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari said the issue has the potential to damage ties between the two countries.

An officer in the power department said. ���Our position has been clear and consistent. We have not violated the Indus Water Treaty and have filled the reservoir within the stipulated time frame permitted by the agreement. There have been lesser rains and it could have impacted the overall discharge of the river,��� Sandeep K Nayak, state���s power secretary told ET.

���Right now, the first unit is working to its full capacity and within a week or so another unit would start generating power.��� By now, the power development corporation has booked an expenditure of Rs 4700 crore on the Rs 5200-crore project excluding certain hidden costs that may add up not less than Rs 300 crore. Half of the generation is sold by Power Trading Corporation (at four paise a unit) and the returns go for debt servicing.
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