Foreign Policy Watch: India-Pakistan

Azad Pattan Hydel Project


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Azad Pattan hydel project

Mains level: Dams in PoK

Pakistan and China have signed an agreement for the 700 MW Azad Pattan hydel power project on the Jhelum River in Sudhoti district of PoK.

Try this question from CSP 2019:

Q.What is common to the places known as Aliyar, Isapur and Kangsabati?

(a) Recently discovered uranium deposits

(b) Tropical rain forests

(c) Underground cave systems

(d) Water reservoirs

Azad Pattan hydel project

  • The project is a run-of-the-river scheme with a reservoir located near Muslimabad village, 7 km upstream from the Azad Pattan bridge, in district Sudhnoti, one of the eight districts of PoK.
  • It is one of five hydropower schemes on the Jhelum.
  • Upstream from Azad Pattan are the Mahl, Kohala, and Chakothi Hattian projects; Karot is downstream. Like Kohala and Azad Pattan, Karot too is being developed under the CPEC framework.
  • The project will comprise a 90-metre-high dam, with a 3.8 sq km reservoir.
  • The $ 1.5-billion project is the second power project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Other projects in PoK

  • Kohala project is a 1,124 MW hydel project that will come upon the Jhelum near Muzaffarabad. This project is one of the biggest investments by China in PoK.
  • The Karot Hydropower station, the third project being executed by China on the Jhelum is on the boundaries of Kotli district in PoK and Rawalpindi district in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
  • Two hydel projects are planned in Gilgit Baltistan – Phandar Hydro Power, and Gilgit KIU.
  • Most recent in the news was Diamer-Bhasha dam in the PoK.

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