World Bank permits India to construct HEPs on Chenab and Jhelum

As per a recent World Bank statement, India is permitted to construct hydroelectric projects (HEPs) on the tributaries of the Chenab and Jhelum rivers, while adhering to certain restrictions specified in the Indus Water Treaty, 1960. The statement came amidst Pakistan’s opposition to the construction of the 330 MW Kishanganga and the 850 MW Ratle HEPs being built by India in Jammu & Kashmir. Though Pakistan will continue to have unrestricted access to the two rivers, India has been allowed to proceed with project construction.