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World Bank all set to settle Kishanganga dispute

The World Bank has finally decided to settle the Kishanganga powerhouse dispute between Pakistan and India, a private TV channel reported on Tuesday.

India started building Kishanganga powerhouse in Bandipur area of held Kashmir in 1994 on the River Ganga-Kishan, which is tributary of River Jhehlum.

But in 2006 India, in violation of the Indus Water Treaty, changed the original design of the powerhouse diverting the river water into underground channels.

In 2010 Pakistan raised objections to the changed design and took up the issue with the World Bank. A seven-member team, appointed by the UN secretary general, after surveying the site and listening to the arguments of both sides has now finally decided to settle the dispute.

The report quoting sources said that the final hearing of the case will be held in Holland in the last week of August 2012. It is hoped that the issue will be now finally resolved one way or the other.

Pakistan and India will come face to face in August in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) over controversial 330MW Kishanganga Hydro-Electric Power Project. A high-level delegation, led by Kamal Majeedullah, would be finalised soon. The team will have technical and legal experts.

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