India inaugurates Kishanganga project despite Pakistan reservations

May 20, 2018

India on Saturday inaugurated the Kishanganga hydropower project despite reservations from Pakistan.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached occupied Kashmir to inaugurate the hydropower project. A complete shutterdown strike was observed in the region.

The World Bank had ordered India to change the design of the dam over Pakistan’s reservations on the project.

A delegation of Pakistan, including senior officials of Foreign Office, has left for the United States to raise the matter with World Bank. They highlight the matter with the regulatory body.

The flow of water in Neelum Valley has gone down by 10 percent by the construction of the dam. The energy generation in Pakistan will go down by 969 megawatt.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said, “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT)”.

The Foreign Office stated that India continued with the completion of the project. The country stated that India clearly threatens the sanctity of the treaty.

Pakistan said that India completed the development project when the World Bank halted the process for the formation of Court of Arbitration in 2016.

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