Pakistan opposes the design of the Kiru hydropower plant; India says project fully complains about Indus Treaty – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Pakistan has raised objections to the design of India’s Kiru hydropower plant, a 624 MW mega project on the Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir, but New Delhi says the project is fully in line with the Indus water, officials said Tuesday.
Confirming this development, India’s Indus commissioner Pradeep Kumar Saxena told PTI that his Pakistani Indus commissioner, Syed Muhammad Meher Ali Shah, raised objections last week.
Saxena, however, asserted that the design of the project is fully in line with the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty.
It has been certified by the Central Water Commission, an umbrella organization in the country in the field of water resources.
This river project is implemented by Chenab Valley Power Projects Limited, a joint venture of the National Hydropower Company and the Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC).
“As a responsible upper riparian state, India is committed to making full use of its rights and believes in an amicable resolution of the issues raised by the Pakistani side in the letter and spirit of the treaty.
Pakistan’s objections to this project could be discussed at the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission scheduled for this year in Pakistan. At the next meeting, the Indian side will explain their position and hope Pakistan appreciates the same. thing and that his apprehensions be addressed through discussions, âSaxena said.
The treaty gives Pakistan the right to raise objections to the Indian design within three months of receiving the information.
India provided the information on this project in June to Pakistan.
Under the IWT signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, all the waters of the eastern rivers – Sutlej, Beas and Ravi – amounting to approximately 33 million acre-feet (MAF) per year are allocated to India for unrestricted use.
The waters of the western rivers – Indus, Jhelum and Chenab – amounting to about 135 MAF per year have been attributed largely to Pakistan.
According to the treaty, India was granted the right to generate hydropower through run-of-river projects on western rivers, subject to specific design and operation criteria.
The treaty also gives Pakistan the right to raise objections to Indian designs for hydroelectric projects on western rivers.
India is allowed to build river power plants on western rivers with limited storage in accordance with criteria specified in the treaty, Saxena said.
Earlier this year, at the meeting between the Indus Commissioner of India and Pakistan, Shah also raised objections over designs for the Pakal Dul and Lower Kalnai hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
At this, India said the designs were fully in line with the treaty.
Pakistan also raised objections to the hydropower projects of Chilling (24 MW), Rongdo (12 MW) and Ratan Nag (10.
5 MW) are in Leh; while Mangdum Sangra (19 MW), Kargil Hunderman (25 MW) and Tamasha (12 MW) are at Kargil.
India had said that the designs of these projects were also fully in line with the treaty.