Pakistani delegation inspects power projects in Kishtwar as part of the Indus Water Treaty. -
Pakistani delegation inspects power projects in Kishtwar as part of the Indus Water Treaty.
Posted 25 Jun 2024 03:49 PM

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In accordance with the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), a delegation of neutral experts from various nations began their analysis of various power projects on Monday in Kishtwar. The assignment involving somewhere around 40 specialists from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Russia, among different nations, arrived at Kishtwar alongside the Indian group. The designation additionally incorporates something like five individuals from Pakistan, who will assess different under-development power projects in the area.
Under the 1960 treaty's dispute resolution mechanism, this is the Pakistani delegation's first trip to Jammu and Kashmir in more than five years. After nine years of negotiations, India and Pakistan signed the IWT. The World Bank also signed the agreement, which establishes a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange regarding the use of the waters of several cross-border rivers.
A three-member Pakistani delegation had inspected two power projects in the region in 2019. Of late, the relations among India and Pakistan soured following the Pulwama assault by fear mongers in which 40 CRPF staff were killed in Kashmir. After the Central Government ended J&K's special status in August 2019, relations worsened further.
Following arriving at a Military camp, the appointment visited the Public Hydroelectric Power Enterprise (NHPC) central command, an authority said, adding that they left for the 85 MW Ratle hydroelectric power project site at Drabshalla for dam review. During their time in Kishtwar, they will also visit the 1,000 MW Pakal Dul hydroelectric project on Marusudar, a Chenab tributary, and other power projects.
Pakistan had in a solicitation to the World Bank in 2016 protested the plan elements of the two hydroelectric power projects and looked for a settlement through a 'impartial master.' However, the nation subsequently withdrew the request and sought arbitration through a Court of Arbitration. India, on the other hand, insisted that only "neutral expert" proceedings should be used to resolve the issue.
In October 2022, the World Bank appointed a neutral expert and the chair of the Court of Arbitration following failed negotiations. India warned that "such parallel consideration of the same issues is not covered under any provision of the IWT" in a notice for the treaty's modification. “Competent to consider and determine the disputes set forth by Pakistan's request for arbitration,” the Court of Arbitration ruled in July 2023. Pakistan recorded its most memorable dedication, which rattled off its lawful case with reports, under this cycle in Spring this year. In order to "familiarize the court with general aspects of the design and operation of run-of-river hydro-electric plants along the Indus system of rivers," the court traveled to the Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-Electric Plant in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for a week a month later. While India would not partake in that frame of mind of Discretion, it presented a dedication to the impartial master in August 2023. Pakistan joined the second gathering of the gatherings held by nonpartisan master in Vienna in September last, which examined matters connected with the association of the site visit. The J&K organization has designated 25 "contact officials" to facilitate the visit of unbiased specialists alongside assignments from India and Pakistan. The 40-part designation likewise contains specialized specialists from the USA and Canada. — With PTI inputs Fifth visit in a row This is the main visit by a Pakistan designation to Jammu and Kashmir in over five years under the debate settlement system of the Indus Water Arrangement After the terrorist attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, relations between India and Pakistan soured. On August 5, 2019, the Central Government lifted J&K's special status, further deteriorating relations. India and Pakistan had marked the settlement following nine years of dealings in 1960

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