NEW DELHI - The Indus water commissioners of India and Pakistan began discussions on four power projects that India is building in Occupied Kashmir.

The four-day meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission will discuss the objections raised by Pakistan on India’s four hydrothermal projects in the Chenab basin, being constructed under the Indus Water Treaty of 1960. Three of the projects, Ratle (850MW), lower Kalnai (48MW) and Miyar Nallah (120MW, are run-of-the-river projects while the 1,000MW Pakaldul project involves “very insignificant pondage,” Water Ministry sources were quoted as saying by The Hindu newspaper. Islamabad has raised questions over India’s design with regard to spillway, pondage and water intake. These issues were discussed at the last meeting in March between the two sides in Lahore.

The Pakistan delegation, led by Mirza Asif Baig, arrived here on Saturday. India’s Indus Commissioner G Aranganathan is leading the Indian delegation.

The discussions are being held under Article VIII 5 of the treaty which calls for at least one meeting annually in each country alternatively. As per the treaty, either side has to inform the other at least six months in advance of any new project to be undertaken.