NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Thursday asked India to consider abandoning of Wullar Barrage project over River Jehlum as it violates the provisions of Indus Water Treaty. This was stated by the Secretary Water and Power Muhammad Ismail Qureshi after the conclusion of discussions of the two countries on Wullar Barrage. He said the discussions were held in cordial manner and the two sides reiterated their respective positions.
Experts in both Srinagar and New Delhi have constantly warned in the last few years that the lake, which is Asia’s largest freshwater reservoir, is fast drying up. They believe that the lake has already entered the eutrophic stage, the process that stimulates the growth of aquatic plants resulting in the depletion of dissolved oxygen. Quite recently, while Pakistan had expressed concern at the rising pollution levels in the Jhelum River, it has still to make conservation of Wullar Lake an issue, which is the main source of water for Mangla Dam. Experts say it is time both countries combine their efforts to conserve the crucial reservoir.-SANA