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Pakistan sees Indus Water Treaty violations in proposed Pakal Dul hydroelectric plant

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Pakistan's Punjab Irrigation Department has objected to Indian plans for a new 1,500 MW hydroelectric plant at the Pakal Dul Dam, HydroWorld.com has learned.

India's proposed Pakal Dul hydropower project -- to be located on the Marusdar River in Jammu and Kashmir -- is subject to terms of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 since the Marusdar is a tributary to the Chenab River.

Sources said India submitted the proposal to the Pakistan Commission for Indus Waters, which in turn forwarded it to the Punjab Irrigation Department for further analysis.

According to India's plan, the Pakal Dul hydroelectric complex would include a reservoir with a capacity of .108 million acre feet that would be impounded by a concrete-face, rock-fill dam with a height of 1,708 meters.

The Irrigation Department's primary concern is that Pakaul Dul Dam could decrease the flow of water into Pakistan, which violates the Indus Water Treaty.

However, the department has also questioned several aspects of the project's design which, according to Pakistan, are cause not to endorse the project.

HydroWorld.com reported that India's National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) had attempted to prequalify builders for the plant's construction beginning in May 2006 through March 2007.

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