ICA allows India to change Neelum water direction

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ISLAMABAD: The International Court of Arbitration (ICA) has allowed India to change direction of the water flow of the river Neelum for the Kishanganga power house on the river Jhelum in Indian controlled Kashmir.

According to a report, India’s under-construction hydro-electric project at Kishanganga on the water flow of the river Neelum is purely a hydro-electric project without a reservoir.

Pakistan’s ministry of water and power has claimed that the construction of the Kishanganga Dam will not result in a water shortage in Pakistan’s system.

According to documents, the Arbitration Court allowed India to divert the water flow of the river Neelum through the power park at Kishanganga Dam on the river Jhelum.

According to documents, Pakistan will be able to get as much water as it had been getting before, because in that process no further water consumption will be required. the ministry of water and power has already told the ninth session of the National Assembly on a question of Zahra Wadood Fatmi.

Earlier in December last, the Hague based Court allowed India to build Kishanganga Dam in Kashmir, however, New Delhi was ordered to provide half of the dam’s water to Pakistan.

The court also ruled that India cannot 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.

India’s 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project would affect Pakistan’s 969 MW Neelum-Jhelum hydroelectric project.

The International Court of Arbitration announced its verdict on Kishanganga hydroelectric project after nine months.

Pakistan had objected to the design of the dam and approached the ICA arguing that the Indian government had been violating Indus Water Treaty 1960.

According to Pakistani officials, the construction of the Kishanganga project by India in Jammu and Kashmir would result in 14 percent decrease in the flow of water for Pakistan’s Neelum-Jhelum hydroelectric project.

The officials said that the Indian project would reduce energy generation of Pakistan’s hydroelectric project by 13 percent or 700 million units.

The gross capacity of the reservoir is 18.80 million cubic metres or 14,900 acre feet with dead storage of 8,755 acre feet.

The dispute was on the design and operations of the dam, which Pakistan said were in violation of the Indus Water Treaty. Pakistan had also submitted facts and figures regarding water flow in the court.

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