Blow to Pakistan as International Court upholds India’s right on Kishanganga project

Published: 19th February 2013 07:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2013 08:24 AM   |  A+A-


The International Court of Arbitration at The Hague on Monday upheld India’s right to divert water from the Kishanganga hydroelectric project (KHEP).

Pakistan has been objecting to the construction of the hydroelectric project on the Kishanganga river in Kashmir, which is called Neelum upon entering Pakistan.

India welcomed the order, asserting that it reaffirmed New Delhi’s position that the project adhered to the Indus Waters Treaty.

“The award of the Court of Arbitration at the Hague today reaffirms the validity of India’s position regarding the KHEP by allowing diversion of water from the KHEP as envisaged by India. It highlights once again that India is adhering to all the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. He added that the details of the award were being examined.

Pakistan had dragged India to the arbitration court, claiming that the 330 MW power project was in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty that prohibits any storage of water.

The power project is under construction by the National Hydro Power Corporation on Kishanganga, a tributary of the Jhelum river.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp