July 30, 2013 APP
LAHORE : Water experts of the Engineers Study Forum, an independent think tank, condemned India for blocking water of the Chenab river by building a number of dams. In a meeting presided over by Mian Fazal Ahmad on Monday, the forum condemned the construction of a number of dams including 850MW Ratte hydro project, 1000MW Pakaldul dam and others which had adversely affected the flow of water in the Chenab river. “It is violation of the Indus Water Treaty of 1960, the UN Charter and international laws.
which do not allow storage of water on the Chenab and Jhelum rivers and allows full use of the Jhelum and Chenab waters by Pakistan,” it added.
“International laws and the UN charter do not permit stopping or diverting the natural flow of waters to any beneficiary territory without due permission,” the forum said and urged the Pakistan government to move the International Court of Justice and the World Bank for intervention to check the violation of the Indus Water Treaty and UN laws by India.
“The Pakistan government should write to funding and donor agencies not to fund the controversial and illegal dams being built by India to stop water supplies in the Chenab and Jhelum rivers in Pakistan. A notice of damages should also be served on India in case of blockage of water supplies in the Chenab and Jhelum rivers, especially in violation of the Indus Water Treaty in which the World Bank and the UN are also parties,” it added.