our correspondent Tuesday, July 30, 2013 From Print Edition
LAHORE: Water experts at the Engineers’ Study Forum (ESF) have strongly condemned India’s construction of a number of power producing dams at the Chenab river.
These include the 50 MW Ratte hydro project and the 1,000 MW Pakaldul dam. The forum said that these projects adversely affect the Chenab’s flow to Pakistan in violation of the Indus Water Treaty of 1960, which does not allow storage of water on the Chenab and Jhelum rivers and allows full use of the two rivers’ waters by Pakistan.
The ESF urged the federal government to move the International Court of Justice and the World Bank to intervene to persuade India against violation of the Indus Water Treaty. It said the government should demand that international donor agencies refuse to fund the construction of the dams being constructed to obstruct flow of water in the Chenab and Jhelum rivers into Pakistan. A notice of damages should also be served on India in case of blockage of water supplies in the Chenab and Jhelum rivers, the ESF said.