Two Hydro electric plants in Gilgit

Bunji and Diamer-Bhasha hydro electric projects in pipeline

Hydro electric plants in Gilgit
Hydro electric plants in Gilgit

China and Pakistan to construct two mega dams in Gilgit

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]C[/dropcap]hina and Pakistan have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of two mega dams in Gilgit-Baltistan, a part of India’s Jammu and Kashmir State that remains under latter’s illegal occupation. The MoU was signed during the visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Beijing for participation in the recently concluded Belt and Road Initiative.


The two dams, called Bunji and Diamer-Bhasha hydroelectricity projects, will have the capacity of generating 7,100MW and 4,500MW of electricity respectively. China will fund the construction of the two dams, investing $27 billion in the process, as reported by Brahma Chellaney in “The Times of India”.

According to Chellaney, India does not have a single dam measuring even one-third of Bunji in power generation capacity. The total installed hydropower capacity in India’s part of the state does not equal even Diamer-Bhasha, the smaller of the two dams.

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he two dams are part of Pakistan’s North Indus River Cascade, which involves the construction of five big water reservoirs with an estimated cost of $50 billion. These dams, together, will have the potential of generating approximately 40,000MW of hydroelectricity. Under the MoU, China’s National Energy Administration would oversee the financing and funding of these projects.


China and Pakistan are jointly making a perfect nonsense of our sovereignty and we are doing zilch about it. Not only that. We are continuing to import billions of dollars of cheap Chinese goods at the cost of local industries. We still regard Pakistan as the most favored Nation for trade purposes. We are importing cement from Pakistan at the cost of Indian companies. Lage Raho…


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S Balakrishnan

S Balakrishnan

Advocate and Senior Journalist who was formerly City Editor & Chief of Bureau of The Times of India, Mumbai. He has also served in the MumbaiMunicipal Council.
S Balakrishnan

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