India’s Kiru Hydroelectric Plant project being built on Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir has troubled Pakistan. Pakistan has filed an objection regarding the design of this project. However, India has once again made it clear that this hydroelectric scheme is fully compliant with the Indus Waters Agreement. Pakistan has objected to the design of the project last week.
Indian Indus Water Commission chief Pradeep Kumar Saxena said his Pakistani counterpart Syed Mohammad Meher Ali Shah had lodged an objection last week. Pradeep Saxena, however, emphasized that the design is fully in line with the provisions of the Indus Water Agreement. The Central Water Commission, the apex organization related to water resources in the country, has also approved this project.
Saxena also said that India has every right to exercise its rights. He said Pakistan’s objections to the project could be discussed during the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission to be held in Pakistan this year. Under the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan can file an objection within three months of receiving information about the design of a project.
Pakistan often alleges that the project violates the 1960 Indus Water Treaty. The Indus Water Treaty gives India complete control over the waters of the eastern rivers i.e. Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, while gives right to Pakistan to use the waters of western rivers i.e. Chenab, Jhelum and Indus without any restriction.
The total capacity of the Keeru Maha Project is 624 MW which is being built on the Chenab river. The project will cost an estimated Rs 4287.59 crore. This project will provide the required power to the Northern Grid and will also accelerate the process of development of remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir.