Islamabad- Minister for inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada today said that Pakistan had objected to India over the design of four hydroelectric projects initiated during the last five years in violation of the design criteria of the Indus Water Treaty.

Responding to a question in the National Assembly on behalf of Minister for Water and Power he said objections to Ratle Miyar, Lower Kalnai and Pakal Dul on Chenab River were discussed in two meetings of permanent Indus commission last year and will further be discussed in the meeting of the commission next month.

To another question he said about 30 million acre feet of water is wasted annually in the country due to lack of sufficient storage capacity.

He said the government started two solar power plants of 50 megawatt each at Bahawalpur Solar Park.

Riaz Hussain Pirzada told the House that there was a proposal to open additional utility stores which would create five thousand more employment opportunities.