Nimoo Bazgo: Pakistan opposes Indian move to fill dam

Published: August 12, 2012

Inquiry report blames former Indus Water commissioner for delaying deliberation. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan has objected to India’s move to fill the controversial Nimoo Bazgo Dam built in Indian-held Kashmir.

The upstream hydroelectric plant with a capacity of 45 megawatts (MW) has been built near the Alchi village in Leh district to provide electricity to the Indian army deployed in Kargil. The decision to fill the dam up to capacity will inhibit Pakistan’s water inflow from the River Indus.

A senior official from the Ministry of Water and Power said India approached the government of Pakistan informing the latter the dam had been completed and was going to be filled with water. “We have asked India not to fill the dam as it is a disputed and controversial project,” said the official requesting anonymity.

An inquiry was earlier conducted by the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Secretary Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar regarding the project. The report blamed former Indus Water commissioner Jamaat Ali Shah for delaying the issue and consequently losing the opportunity to take the matter up with a neutral expert or Court of Arbitration.

Sources, however, hold the Wapda secretary responsible for failing to establish how India managed to secure carbon credits for the Nimoo Bazgo Dam. They maintain Tajwar was unable to collect any documentary evidence regarding the accumulation of carbon credits by India during the entire investigation.

Jamaat Ali Shah also snubbed the allegations of not taking timely action, saying he had rejected India’s claims that the Nimoo Bazgo Dam would not harm Pakistan.

Pakistan first heard about the project in 2002, following which it requested India to provide further details. However, India did not respond till December 2006 despite numerous reminders by the Indus Water commissioner.

Legal battles between Pakistan and India over water rights have been a relentless bone of contention between the two countries. India has already constructed the Baglihar Dam with a capacity of 450MW on the Chenab River after a neutral expert ruled in favour of it.

The Court of Arbitration, however, stopped India from constructing a permanent structure for the Kishanganga Dam in its short-term order. The dam was being built by India on the Neelum-Jhelum River. A final decision regarding the project is still awaited.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • moonjely sony
    Aug 12, 2012 - 10:58AM

    hey, build the kalabagh dam.

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  • Aug 12, 2012 - 11:04AM

    “They maintain Tajwar was unable to collect any documentary evidence regarding the accumulation of carbon credits by India during the entire investigation.”

    So, meaning he couldn’t manufacture facts. India’s case was too strong, why is it so hard to admit it?

    India can build powerstations on the rivers and they require temporary storage facilities, which WB has approved.

    You have signed the IWT with full confidence, please stick to it.

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  • Vikas
    Aug 12, 2012 - 11:26AM

    If Pakistan wants, we will build Kalabagh Dam for you guys.

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  • Wajib
    Aug 12, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. We have completely forgotten what Hanood did to us till before the creation of Pakistan because of our innate large heartedness, and are now reaping the seeds of our naive magnanimity.

    From the fall of Dacca to Balochistan, from water theft to unprecedented floods, from TTP to the bhata mafia of Karachi…a vicious termite infestation is gnawing away at out home’s very foundation and we are under the illusion that by negotiating with the termite, we will be able to make it leave peacefully – Aman ki Asha indeed!

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  • FU
    Aug 12, 2012 - 12:57PM

    We will eat ice, but we will build the dam.

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  • Polpot
    Aug 12, 2012 - 1:01PM

    “Pakistan has objected to India’s move to fill the controversial Nimoo Bazgo Dam built in Indian-held Kashmir.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey India will sell electricity from this dam to Pakistan…..

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  • anil
    Aug 12, 2012 - 1:45PM

    fill the dam and send some water to Gujurat . This state needs water.

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  • zia
    Aug 12, 2012 - 2:32PM

    pakistan do not need water. Pakistan need “amen ki asha”, v can eat and drink “amen ki asha”Recommend

  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Aug 12, 2012 - 2:53PM

    The real reason for objection is that once India extract electricity out of water the water will loose all of its potency (FOKKA Pani). Such a water will be so useless to Pakistan that it will allow all of it go to the Ocean. Officer spoke on anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media.

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  • Hardliner
    Aug 12, 2012 - 3:28PM

    For those who ask why the right-wingers oppose reconciliation with India, here’s ur answer!!!

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  • vasan
    Aug 12, 2012 - 4:11PM

    With pakistan’s grandoise plans of building car factories to make cars running on distilled water, one can expect tough approach from Pakistan for water of Indus rivers.

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  • Polpot
    Aug 12, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @vasan: I can expect Pakistan to start earning Water Dollars against the Petro Dollars.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Water literally the vehicle of growth.

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  • Dushmann
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:07AM

    Pakistan opposes means it must be something just and right.

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  • Fawad
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:23AM

    Kabul should stop the kabul river from flowing into pakistan….. if they can close the roads on us, , then why not ?

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  • Zalim Singh
    Aug 13, 2012 - 6:54AM

    its our water.

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 1:07AM

    @It Is (still) Economy Stupid:
    So if India takes electricity out of water then how can agha waqar run his water car?
    hindu conspiracy i tell you..

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