Pakistan's hydropower project Neelum needs to be resigned after India wins dispute in International Court

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 11:30 hrs

After India won the Kishanganga dispute in the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague against Pakistan, the 969MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project would be badly affected and would have to be redesigned.

An International Court of Arbitration at the Hague has ruled in favour of India on the Kishanganga hydroelectric project and upheld India's right to divert water from the hydroelectric project to Kashmir.

Background interviews and discussion with energy experts show that with the verdict of International Court of Arbitration, Pakistan would have to face around 150 billion annual loss as the designed capacity of 969MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will be reduced by 150MW.

According to the Nation, the verdict has had an ultimate impact on Pakistan as it will reduce water flow in the River Neelum, leaving very little water for Pakistan.

They were of the view that the International Court of Arbitration ruled in favour of India on the diversion of Neelum (Kishanganga) water, setting aside objections by Pakistan that halted work on the 330MW Kishanganga Hydropower Project in Indian Held Kashmir, the report said.

Official sources, on the condition of anonymity, held Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Water Resources and Agriculture Kamal Majidullah responsible for the defeat in the legal battle over the Kishanganga hydropower project.

Pakistan had objected the hydroelectric project on grounds that it violated the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1965.

Pakistan had moved for arbitration in May 2010, claiming India was trying to divert the Jhelum River and the project would rob it of 15 percent of its share of river waters.

India had claimed the Indus Waters Treaty gave it the right to transfer waters between the Jhelum's tributaries to generate hydropower.

Pakistan has been objecting to the construction of the hydroelectric project on the Kishanganga River in Kashmir, which is called Neelum upon entering Pakistan. In November 2009, Pakistan had proposed the establishment of a Court of Arbitration and the appointment of a neutral expert to resolve the Kishanganga dam dispute.

Indus Waters Treaty, inked between India and Pakistan, provides appointment of a neutral expert by the World Bank as a last option to resolve water related issues between the two countries.

The Kishanganga plant, in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, is part of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric scheme that is designed to divert water from the Kishanganga River to a power plant in the Jhelum river basin. (ANI)

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