World Bank issues statement allowing Indian HEPs on tributaries of Chenab and Jhelum

Following the conclusion of secretary-level talks over the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), India has been permitted to construct hydroelectric plants (HEPs) on the tributaries of the Chenab and Jhelum rivers with certain restrictions under the IWT. The statement was issued by the World Bank. Pakistan has been opposing the construction of the 330 MW Kishanganga and the 850 MW Ratle HEPs being undertaken by the Indian developer (GVK Group) in Jammu & Kashmir. According to the World Bank, although Pakistan will continue to have unrestricted access to the two rivers, India has been allowed to proceed with the construction process.

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