ICA allows India to construct Kishanganga Dam

HAGUE: International Court of Arbitration (ICA) has allowed India to build Kishanganga Dam in Kashmir, however, it has been ordered to provide half of the dam’s water to Pakistan.

Pakistan has received the verdict of ICA over Kishanganga Hydroelectric project case, reports said.

The court also ruled that India can not take the water on a very low level in the dam.

Pakistan had objected to the construction of the Kishanganga project, which is called Neelum River in Pakistan.

Islamabad says, India’s 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project would affect Pakistan’s 969 MW Nelum-Jhelum hydroelectric project.

The “final award” specifies that 9 cusecs of natural flow of water must be maintained in the Kishenganga river at all times to maintain the environment downstream, said a statement from the Indian High Commission here. This is much lower than the 100 cusecs of natural flow that Pakistan wanted to maintain.

“We have also received the clarification we sought from the court with regard to the technique of draw-down flushing used for the de-silting of reservoir in run of the river power projects in the western rivers of the Indus,” the statement said. The court said alternative techniques would have to be used for the Kishanganga hydroelectricity project, and all future run of the river projects undertaken on western rivers of the Indus system.

Contrary to negative propaganda that the Indus Waters Treaty had received in recent years, the international court award has shown the pact is a strong framework for dividing river waters between India and Pakistan, reads the statement. “The treaty has stood the test of time and ups and downs in India-Pakistan relations. It is hoped that the negative arguments often heard on its working will be put to rest finally,” it added. Agencies

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