Neutral Expert Led Delegation Inspecting Ratle Project


SRINAGAR: A 40-member delegation, consisting of Pakistani, Indian, and World Bank-appointed Neutral Expert, Michel Lino, conducted an extensive tour of the 850-megawatt Ratle hydroelectric power project in the Kishtwar district under the framework of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) on Monday.

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The delegation arrived at the Kishtwar helipad via India’s Boeing-CH 47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. They proceeded directly to the project site located on the banks of the Chenab River at Drabshala along the Batote-Kishtwar highway.

The visit was conducted under stringent security measures. Workers and other personnel were kept at a distance to maintain confidentiality. At the site, the delegation reviewed project documents and received a comprehensive briefing from National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) officers, reports appearing in the media said.

The delegation, scheduled to stay in Kishtwar for several days, is also expected to visit the 1000-megawatt Pakal Dool hydroelectric project on the Marusudar River, a tributary of the Chenab. The Ratle power project has faced significant delays due to internal issues, including the withdrawal of the GVK Reddy group from its agreement with the government.


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