India to build power project in Chenab river ignoring Pakistan’s objection

Despite objections from Pakistan, India appears to have decided to go ahead with the 859-megawatt Rattle hydroelectric power project in Jammu and Kashmir, according to Pakistani media reports

Jan 23, 2021
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Despite objections from Pakistan, India appears to have decided to go ahead with the 859-megawatt Rattle hydroelectric power project in Jammu and Kashmir, according to Pakistani media reports. 

Pakistan has raised objections over the design of Rattle, Pakul Dal, and Lower Kalnai projects with the World Bank, calling it a violation of the Indus Water Treaty. The designs of the projects, Pakistan said, could either allow India to create artificial storage or flood the areas downstream in Pakistan,  The Express Tribune said. 

The report said the Pakistan government has again approached the World Bank raising objections over these new constructions. 

Under the Indus Water Treaty in 1960, brokered by the World Bank, India was allowed to use the water of Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej; while Pakistan was given access to use waters of Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab river. 

The Treaty also laid down clear terms if nations want to use the water of the river allotted to others. India argued it wasn’t even using the limited share of water that was allowed to it in the rivers allocated to Pakistan. 

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