Pakistan eyeing water-sharing treaty with Afghanistan
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Following credible reports about Afghanistan’s plans to build dams on Kabul River, Pakistan has voiced its willingness to sign a water treaty with the neighbour, a media report said on Wednesday.
In Islamabad, the Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) a series of many brainstorming sessions on the issue.Some of Pakistan’s ambassadors took up the issue with the ministry and the Foreign Office, The News reported.
With the help of Indian experts, is said to have conducted feasibility and detailed engineering studies for a dozen hydropower projects on Afghanistan Kabul River to generate 1,177MW of electricity.
As and when executed, the 12 projects will store 4.7 million acre feet of water and drastically reduce the level of the river flowing into Pakistan The World Bank will fund the projects that are estimated to cost $7.079 billion.
“The World Bank is also ready to conduct a study for a water treaty between Pakistan and Afghanistan provided they desire so,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed official as saying.
Pakistan is reportedly in contact with Afghanistan through the World Bank on reaching a treaty on sharing the water of Kabul and Kunar Rivers and other tributaries.
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