India has decided to convert the Kishanganga hydroelectric dam project on the Indus river into a run of river scheme, due to objections by Pakistan related to the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).

Originally the dam was to store 220Mm3 in a reservoir, but under the new configuration for the scheme there would be no storage or diversion of Kishanganga (Neelam) river water.

Pakistan objected that India cannot store water under Annexure E of the IWT. As a run of river scheme, it will now come under the IWT’s Annexure D.

The newly configured project would still generate 330MW, as before. According to India’s earlier plans, the Kishanganga project envisaged construction of a 103m high dam on the river and a 27km tunnel.

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