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Kishanganga Hydroelectric project inaugurated by PM Modi at J&K

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the state run NHPC Ltd’s Kishanganga hydro power project in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The project is located in the Bandipora district of J&K and is a run of river scheme.
  • The project is based on the river Kishanganga, a tributary of Jhelum which flows to Pakistan as well.
  • Pakistan had challenged the project under the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 but the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled in India’s favour in 2013.
  • The Jhelum originates in India and flows into Pakistan, and according to the Indus Water Treaty, whoever builds the project first will have the first rights on the river water.
  • The Project was handed over to NHPC for execution by the State Government after an MoU was signed between J&K Govt. and Ministry of Power, Govt of India in July 2000.
  • The hydro power project has a capacity of 330MW.
  • It will provide a free power of 13 per cent to the state, which will be around Rs. 133 crore per year.
  • The overall cost of the project is Rs 5882 crore and the annual generation would be 1712.96 MU.
  • It would provide many benefits to the state which include employment to the people of J&K, infrastructure development etc.
  • It is estimated that the project engaged about 1850 local persons during construction stage and 750 local persons during operation stage through direct and indirect employment.
Kishanganga Hydroelectric project inaugurated by PM Modi at J&K Kishanganga Hydroelectric project inaugurated by PM Modi at J&K Reviewed by Aman Bhatia on May 22, 2018 Rating: 5

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