Pakistan passes resolution, asks India to stop work on two hydro projects

Through a joint resolution of its two parliamentary committees, Pakistan asked India to immediately stop construction work on the 330-MW Kishanganga (or Kishenganga) and 840-MW Ratle hydro projects.

These hydropower facilities are being built in Jammu and Kashmir in India.

In this resolution, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs and Water and Power committees also asked the World Bank to set up a Court of Arbitration to mediate the dispute over the Indus Water Treaty between Pakistan and India, according to The Times of India.

The Indus Water Treaty, signed in 1960, is the source of a long-standing dispute between the two countries. In November 2016, HydroWorld reported the World Bank was urging India and Pakistan to agree to mediation, after India announced it would boycott a Court of Arbitration.

The two countries are racing to complete projects on shared waterways because the country that completes its projects first would have priority rights to the river. Projects of concern include 969-MW Neelum Jhelum, Kishanganga and Ratle.

Neelum Jhelum is under construction and uses water diverted from the Neelum River. Kishanganga diverts water from the Kishanganga River and also is under construction by NHPC. The Ratle project is on the Chenab River but is reportedly not yet under construction.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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