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Arbitration team inspects Kishanganga dam site

16 October, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A team of experts from Pakistan and India inspected the dam site of 300MW Kishanganga Hydropower Project in Gurez to see whether or not a stay order granted by the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) on the project was being followed in letter and spirit.

According to KMS, the team comprised hydraulic experts, who arrived in Gurez in special helicopters of the Indian Air Force and visited the dam site at Kanzalwan. They spent at least two hours at the dam site. This is the third visit of the arbitration team to Gurez since the start of the project. The team last visited the site in May this year.

The ICA at Hague had stayed constructions at the site. Pakistan claims that India has violated the Indus Waters Treaty by constructing the dam. The hydropower project is being built on Kishanganga (Neelum) River, which flows into Pakistan. It is likely to be completed in February 2014.

Pakistan had approached the ICA to stop India from constructing any permanent works on or above the Neelum River bed at the Gurez site that may inhibit the restoration of the flow of the river to its natural channel.

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