Islamabad Last Updated at May 19 2018
Pakistan today voiced concern over the inauguration of the 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project in Jammu and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying inauguration without resolution of dispute between the two countries will tantamount to violation of the Indus Water Treaty.
Modi will inaugurate the power project in Bandipora district tomorrow.
Despite several rounds of bilateral negotiations as well as mediations under the auspices of the World Bank, India continued with the construction of the project, it said, adding that “this intransigence on part of India clearly threatens the sanctity of the Treaty.”
Islamabad had been raising objections over the design of the hydel project in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it is not in line with the criteria laid down under the IWT between the two countries.
But, India says the project design was well within parameters of the treaty.
Construction on the project began in 2007 and was expected to be complete in 2016, but it was temporarily halted by the Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration (CoA) in 2011 due to Pakistan’s protest. IANS