Protests in PoK against China, Pakistan over dam construction

New Delhi: Massive protests erupted in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) over the construction of two mega-dams by China and Pakistan in that region.

People came out in large numbers to condemn the proposed construction of dams on Neelam and Jhelum rivers.

The protests were organized by one ‘Darya Bachao, Muzaffarabad Bachao’ (Save Rivers Save Muzaffarabad) committee and the members shouted slogans of ‘Neelum Jhelum Behne Do, Humein Zinda Rehne Do’.

Recently, Pakistan and China signed agreements to construct mammoth hydel projects – Azad Pattan and Kohala Hydropower in PoK region.

As reported earlier, the Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project involves the generation of 700.7 megawatts of electricity and is part of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The project has been sponsored by Chinese group – China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) at a whopping $1.54 billion.

Sponsored by China’s Three Gorges Corporation, the Kohala Hydroelectric Project is located 90 km from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. It is expected to be completed by 2026 and has been sponsored by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Silk Road Fund. (Times Now)

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