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India Lodges Protest Against Pakistan, China Over Diamer Bhasha Dam

Sputnik News

12:47 GMT 16.07.2020(updated 13:24 GMT 16.07.2020)

The day before, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Kashmir and announced that the government would move towards building more dams on rivers to generate low-cost hydel power.

India lodged on Thursday a protest to Pakitan and China over their joint efforts to construct Diamer-Bhasha Dam in disputed Kashmir.

"India strongly protest against the construction of the Diamer Basha Dam by the Pakistani government. It will lead to the submergence of a large part of the land of J&K and Ladakh. We condemn attempts by Pakistan to bring about changes in Indian territories under its illegal occupation," a spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry said.

The dam is part of a major hydropower plant which is being built jointly by state-run firm China Power and Pakistan Army's commercial wing, Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).

Chinese state-run firm China Power holds 70% and the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) 30% share in the consortium that will build the dam.

The foundation stone for Diamer-Bhasha Dam was laid by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1998.

The project that is expected to be finished by 2028 will generate 4,500MW electricity and provide at least 16,000 jobs.

It's likely to become the world's highest dam and will stand at a height of 272m with the capacity to hold eight mln acre-feet of water.


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