Pakistan approaches World Bank as India completes hydropower project: report


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked the World Bank (WB) to recognise its responsibility under the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 and has addressed its concerns over the controversial Kishanganga hydropower project recently completed by India, reported a local media outlet.

A government official told the publication that power division of the energy ministry sent a fresh statement early this week to the WB vice president urging it to “recognise its responsibility” and play its role to make India abide by the treaty.

According to the said official, there is sufficient reason to believe that the 330MW Kishanganga project has been completed.

Pakistan had called for resolution of disputes over Kishanganga project on the Neelum River and 850MW Ratle hydropower project on the Chenab.

The official said the letter had reached the bank’s head office in Washington and had been delivered to its vice president concerned as confirmed by Pakistan’s director to the bank.

When asked what the government expected now that India had completed the Kishanganga project, the official said that this matter could not be taken lightly and had to be resolved soon in some manner.