The Court of Arbitration in The Hague has granted India and Pakistan two-day extension to submit their respective environmental reports pertaining to 330MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project in Kashmir.
The time period was extended after the court accepted Pakistan’s request. Both the countries were expected to present the reports on 19 June 2013, according to thehindu.com.
The development comes on the heels of Pakistan government accusing India of diverting water flow of Jhelum’s tributaries, claiming that it is affecting its downstream Neelam-Jhelum hydroelectric project.
In February 2013, the court had asked India to provide power generation estimations and environmental impacts at the Kishanganga project in Gurez, while asking Pakistan to submit similar information on Neelam-Jhelum project.
The Arbitration Court during granting partial award in February maintained India’s right under the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 to divert waters from Kishanganga – Neelam River to Bonar Nallah, another tributary of the Jhelum, for the Kishanganga project.
Nevertheless, the Court ordered that India would have to maintain the minimum rate of flow by the end of the year when it provides final award.