Govt to take up Shahpur Kandi barrage issue with Punjab

Ordering constitution of an official panel to sort out issues regarding Shahpur Kandi Barrage project with Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti directed for time-bound settlement of issues with Punjab.

Jammu and Kashmir has been suffering huge losses due to unilateral abrogation of 1979 Agreement by Punjab, Mehbooa ordered constitution of an official panel, to be headed by Chief Secretary (CS), to sort-out issues regarding Shahpur Kandi Barrage project with the Punjab Government.

These instructions were passed by the Chief Minister while chairing a high-level meeting to discuss the issues related to the construction of Shahpur Kandi Barrage project in district Kathua.

The Chief Minister said the CS-led official panel will have Financial Commissioner Planning, Development & Monitoring Department and Administrative Secretaries of Power, Revenue and Law Departments as its members and the committee shall take up the unsorted issues with the Punjab Government.

“While J&K Government is ready to sort out all issues related to the Shahpur Kandi Barrage project with Punjab, however, it has to be ensured that our State’s interests are properly served and not compromised,” she said and added that J&K has suffered huge losses on account of the Punjab Government not honoring the 1979 Agreement and unilaterally abrogating the said agreement, under which the J&K State needs to be compensated properly.

Several persons were injured in the clashes, they said.

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