This project was conceived in , approved in and construction began in The main reason for this 3 X mw MW project to be in news are the objections raised by Pakistan . Pakistan claimed that, the dam is a gross violations of the Indus Water Treaty,. India reduced the water flow to fill up the Baglihar dam lake in Jammu and Kashmir, causing a loss of agriculture for farmers in Pakistan. India, on the other hand, has clarified that reduced flow in the Chenab river in Pakistan was a result of very little availability of water in a lean year . The objection had lead to the project being referred to a World Bank appointed Neutral Expert.
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This project was conceived in , approved in and construction began in The project consists of two-stage of MW each, the first stage of the project was completed in and was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. Whereas, the second stage of the project was completed in , and was subsequently dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. After construction began in , Pakistan claimed that design parameters of the Baglihar project violated the Indus Water Treaty of The treaty provided India with exclusive control over three eastern rivers while granting Pakistan exclusive control over three western rivers, including Chenab River.
However, it contained provisions for India to establish run-of-the-river power projects with limited reservoir capacity and flow control needed for feasible power generation. Availing this provision, India established several run-of-the-river projects, with Pakistan objecting to these.
Also in the case of the Baglihar and Kishanganga Hydroelectric Plants , Pakistan claimed that some design parameters were too lax than were needed for feasible power generation and provided India with excessive ability to accelerate, decelerate or block the flow of the river, thus giving India a strategic leverage in times of political tension or war.
During India and Pakistan held several rounds of talks on the design of projects, but could not reach an agreement. After the failure of talks on 18 January , Pakistan raised six objections to the World Bank , a broker and signatory of Indus Water Treaty.
Lafitte declared his final verdict on 12 February ,   in which he upheld some minor objections of Pakistan, declaring that pondage capacity is reduced by However, he rejected Pakistani objections on height and gated control of spillway declaring these conformed to engineering norms of the day. India had already offered Pakistan similar minor adjustments for it to drop its objection. The Indus Waters Treaty of divided the Indus river — into which the Chenab flows — between the two countries and bars India from interfering with the flow into Pakistan while allowing it to generate electricity.
However, the key issue that any dam constructed by India should be strictly run of the river was rejected. Pakistan government expressed its disappointment at the final outcome.
Both parties India and Pakistan have already agreed that they will abide by the final verdict. The verdict acknowledged India's right to construct 'gated spillways' under Indus water treaty The report allowed pondage of The report also recommended reducing the height of freeboard from 4.
The verdict permitted drawdown flushing to prevent silt accumulation in the reservoir which has enhanced the life of the reservoir to above 80 years.
Without drawdown flushing, the reservoir would have been completely silted in 13 years period by On 1 June India and Pakistan resolved the issue relating to the initial filling of Baglihar dam in Jammu and Kashmir with the neighbouring country deciding not to raise the matter further. The decision arrived at the talks of Permanent Indus Commissioners of the two countries.
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The Baglihar dispute
Policy-makers are not enthusiastic about scrapping the treaty that has stood the test of time, including the wars of , and the Kargil standoff. India and Pakistan on Tuesday resolved the issue relating to the initial filling of Baglihar dam in Jammu and Kashmir with the neighbouring country deciding not to raise the matter further Pakistan has demanded that it wants to inspect the Baglihar Dam to see if India has complied with the World Bank neutral expert's verdict regarding the power project's design. Inter-state water disputes continued to plague the country in but the year would go down in history as the one in which India won in a major dispute with Pakistan over the two-decade-old Baglihar dam issue. The treaty permitted India to create storages on the western rivers of 1. Pakistan is learnt to have decided to move the World Bank in a last ditch effort for arbitration asking for huge agricultural loses. Alleging that India had slowed down the water flow of the Chenab river, thereby violating the Indus Water Treaty, Pakistan is learnt to have decided to move the World Bank in a last ditch effort for arbitration asking for huge agricultural loses.
Ministry of External Affairs. Media Center. Baglihar Dam cleared by neutral expert February 12, The overall design of the Baglihar dam being built by India on the Chenab as a run-of-river plant has been upheld by Prof. The NE has emphasized the need to incorporate state of the art technology for projects built under the Indus Waters Treaty for reasons of safety and optimum utilization of the waters.