Pak Objects to Kiru Hydro Plant Design; India Says Project Fully Compliant with Indus Treaty

Pakistan has raised objections to the design of India’s Kiru hydroelectric plant, a mega 624 MW challenge over the Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir, however New Delhi asserts that the challenge is absolutely compliant with the Indus Water Treaty, officers mentioned on Tuesday. Confirming this growth, India’s Indus Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Saxena informed PTI that his Pakistani counterpart Syed Muhammad Meher Ali Shah raised the objections final week.

Saxena, nevertheless, asserted that the design of the challenge is absolutely compliant with the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). It has been licensed by the Central Water Commission, an apex organisation of the nation within the subject of water assets.

This run-of-river challenge is being carried out by Chenab Valley Power Projects Limited, a three way partnership of the National Hydropower Company and Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC).

“As a accountable higher riparian state, India is dedicated for full utilisation of its rights and believes in an amicable decision the problems raised by Pakistan facet in letter and spirit of the treaty.

“Pakistan”s objections on this project may come up for discussions in the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission scheduled this year in Pakistan. In the forthcoming meeting, the Indian side will explain its position and hope that Pakistan will appreciate the same and its apprehensions will be addressed through discussions,” Saxena mentioned.

The treaty offers Pakistan the precise to lift objection on Indian design inside three month of the receipt of the data. India has equipped the data on this challenge in June to Pakistan.

Under the IWT signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, all of the waters of the japanese rivers — Sutlej, Beas, and Ravi — amounting to round 33 million acre toes (MAF) yearly is allotted to India for unrestricted use. The waters of western rivers — Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab — amounting to round 135 MAF yearly has been assigned largely to Pakistan.

According to the treaty, India has been given the precise to generate hydroelectricity via run-of-the-river tasks on the western rivers topic to particular standards for design and operation.

The treaty additionally offers proper to Pakistan to lift objections to designs of Indian hydroelectric tasks on the western rivers.

India is permitted to assemble the run of the river crops on western rivers with restricted storage as per standards specified within the treaty, Saxena mentioned.

Earlier this yr, in the course of the assembly between Indus Commissioner of India and Pakistan, Shah additionally raised objections on the designs of Pakal Dul and Lower Kalnai hydropower tasks in Jammu and Kashmir. To this, India mentioned the designs are absolutely compliant with the treaty.

Pakistan has additionally raised objections on hydropower tasks in Chilling (24 MW), Rongdo (12 MW) and Ratan Nag (10.5 MW) are in Leh; whereas Mangdum Sangra (19 MW), Kargil Hunderman (25 MW) and Tamasha (12 MW) are in Kargil. India had mentioned the designs of those tasks are additionally absolutely compliant with the treaty.

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