India starts building 850MW Ratle Dam on Chenab 10 July 2013


News India starts building 850MW Ratle Dam on Chenab
10 July 2013
India starts building 850MW Ratle Dam on Chenab

ISLAMABAD: In an another blow to Pakistan’s water interests, India has started constructing the Ratle Hydropower Dam project with a capacity to generate 850MWs of electricity on Pakistan’s Chenab River, in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty, documents available with The News reveal.

Pakistan has already objected to this dam, which will be three times larger than the Baglihar Hydropower Dam. Mirza Asif Baig, Commissioner of Pakistan Commissionof Indus Water, confirmed that India had planned to construct the Ratle Hydropower project on the Chenab and Pakistan’s side had objected to the project saying it was a sheer violation of the provisions of Indus Waters Treaty 1960.

“We have come up with strong objections to the design of the said project in a meeting with India at the Permanent Commission of Indus Waters (PCIW) level,” Baig said and vowed that in the future meeting at the PCIW level, he would continue to oppose the said project as its design violated the Indus Waters Treaty.

Senior Pakistani lawyer Ms Shumaila Mehmood, in the case of Kishenganga Hydropower project, said though she was aware of the development but it was the PCIW which dealt with the projects constructed by India on Pakistani rivers at earlier stages.

India has already carved out a plan to generate 32,000MWs of electricity on Pakistani rivers and will be having the capacity to regulate the water flows that are destined to reach Pakistan. So far India has built Dalhasti hydropower project of 330MWs, Baglihar of 450MWs and now it has started a new project named Ratle Hydropower project.

On the Neelum River that joins the Jehlum River in Pakistan, India has already completed Uri-1, Uri-II Hydropower project and is also close to completing the Kishenganga Hydropower project. So much so, it has also built two hydropower projects on the Indus River that include Nimmo Bazgo and Chattak hydropower project.

Sonia Gandhi, along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, laid the foundation stone of the 850MWs Hydro Electric Project on the Chenab River in the Kishtwar Tehsil of Doda district of the Indian-Held-Kashmir just a few days ago.

This is the first time that both leaders have jointly laid the foundation stone. The electricity to be produced from the project will be injected into the national grid of India that will then be sold to Pakistan.

Former Wapda chairman Shamsul Mulk said that Pakistan needs to develop water uses in its all rivers by building water reservoirs to prevent India from constructing the hydropower project. “Once Pakistan develops its water uses, then it can argue at any international court that India cannot build its project by injuring committed flows of Pakistan.”

He said that there was a strong lobby of India in our country which did not want Pakistan to develop water uses.However, when this horrifying development surfaced, an eminent water expert Arshad Abbasi had sensitised the-then Minister of Water and Power Dr Mussadik Malik, who is now the special assistant to the PM on powers sector, about this alarming development but he did not respond as expected from him. Rather he was an advocate for import of electricity from India.

Dr Mussadik was asked to probe as to who had cleared this project from Pakistan’s side but he didn’t do so. However, Engr Safiq, who is also an eminent water expert, came down heavily on Dr Mussadik saying he is dual nationality holder and is holding a too-much important post and is an advocate of importing electricity from India and asked where the security agencies were. He said that Pakistan’s water sector had become dysfunctional.

According to documents available with The News, the Ratle project envisages harnessing the hydro-power potential of the river from EL 1000m to EL 887m. This is a concrete gravity dam at a height of 170m, will be built across the river just downstream of the Ratle village and an underground power house with an installed capacity of 4X140MWs is proposed near Juddi village, both in Doda district. The main project will generate 2,483.37 Million Unit of Electricity at the rate of Indian Rupee of only 1.22 per KWh.

After meeting of Arshad Abbasi with Dr Mussadik Malik, a brief paper including measures to check the enforcement of Indus Waters Treaty in letter and spirit was sent to Mussadik, but Musadik preferred playing his role in releasing funds for the IPPs, a more lucrative task for him.

Surprisingly, the former interim minister is an adviser to the current regime, and is only advocating importing electricity at Rs16 per unit. Even though he had been briefed about the 1,460MWs Tarbela Dam Extension VI project, he still preferred to advise the government to import electricity from India.

When contacted, Dr Mussadik Malik said: “Yes I was briefed about Indus Water Treaty issue. However, I focused on the power sector keeping in view the crippling power outages. Now after completing my assignment on power sector, I will pay heed to the water sector.”

He said that the government had planned to develop five dams so that for five times, cheaper electricity on water flows could be produced on one main river and more importantly the per capita water availability could be raised to a reasonable level, which now stands at 1,000 cubic metre per person.

About the Rattle Hydropower project, he said that the PCIW is the department which deals with such issues.

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Abbasi requested to demand EIA (environment impact assessment) report of Ratle Hydroelectric power project. As the land proposed for this project is mostly thick conifer forests, deforestation will have a terrible impact on the river water yield in the future and the victim will be only lower riparian) i.e. Pakistan.



DRAFT 2: Beyond 2015 position paper on the UN water thematic consultation

Interim draft/non-official

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Beyond 2015 is a civil society campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the  Millennium Development Goals. The campaign is built on a diverse, global base, brings together more than 570 organizations and ranges from small community based organizations to international NGOs, academics and trade unions. Whilst Beyond 2015 participating organizations have a range of views regarding the content of a post-2015 framework, the campaign is united in working to bring about the following outcome:

  • A global overarching cross–thematic framework succeeds the Millennium Development Goals, reflecting Beyond 2015’s policy positions.
  • The process of developing this framework is participatory, inclusive and responsive to voices of those directly affected by poverty and injustice.
  1. This Beyond 2015 position paper addresses the three dimensions of the UN thematic consultation on water, namely Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Water Resource Management; and Wastewater and Water Quality. The paper focuses on setting out the importance of these topics for the overall post-2015 development agenda. It argues that the agreed overarching focus of poverty reduction for the post-2015 agenda cannot be achieved unless these three dimensions of water are addressed holistically. The paper further shows how these themes cut across and are essential to realising all of the social, economic and sustainability components of development.

2. As civil society organisations, we firmly believe in the need for a common set of principles that are key to achieving progress across the dimensions of the water theme, but also reach beyond the subject. The Millenium Declaration itself recognised the need for equality, non-discrimination, human rights as well as more inclusive and participatory governance to form key objectives of the current set of MDGs. While the current MDGs have undoubtedly served to focus efforts in poverty eradication and overall development, it is also clear that progress has been uneven and that governance and human rights have not been operationalised. This paper therefore calls for the future framework to catch up on this missed opportunity, and to ensure that inclusive, participatory development based on good governance and human rights are put at the forefront not just of the water theme, but across the entire agenda.

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CM Punjab addresses security arrangements, water issues





Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting here today which reviewed the progress on Saaf Pani Project.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that Saaf Pani project is of vital importance. He directed that the project should be completed speedily while transparency and standard should also be maintained. He said that no compromise would be made on the standard and transparency of the project. He said that solar panels would be installed for operating water filtration plants. He said that Saaf Pani Project worth billion of rupees is being started for the benefit of the common person. He said that target has been fixed to provide potable water to majority of population of Punjab until 2017.

The Chief Minister said that foundation stone of first phase of setting up water filtration plants in four priority Tehsils of South Punjab will soon be laid and this project will be extended to all Tehsils of the province under a phased programme. He directed that completion of the project within timeline should be ensured, as no laxity will be tolerated in this regard. Chief Executive Officer Saaf Pani Company gave a briefing on the project. Provincial Minister for Housing Tanvir Aslam Malik, Chairperson Saaf Pani Company Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, MPA, Secretary Planning & Development, Secretary Housing and other concerned authorities attended the meeting.

13 years back,Clean drinking water Campaign Pakistan. So true today

1000 post cards were distributed among citizens to fill in and mail to the ministry. The postage stamps were also provided.
campaign 1This called for clean drinking water as a human right.
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This was followed by another round in Pervez Musharraf/ Shaukat Aziz period. which was slightly better used its impact also. and we got approval and budget for some 7000 Filtration Plants. In all union councils under CDWA. Unfortunately it did not go well.

Again we are running a similar 12 billion project in The Punjab with Punjab saaf Pani company. hope and pray we have better results , bypassing the previous pit falls.

WHO NO2 Nitrite standards, in drinking water

Pakistan standards and quality control authority (PSQCA) prescribed NO2 Nitrite level as 50 mg/L in drinking water, Link

The situation at WHO is different and it allows quite low limits. indicating serious health hazards for higher Nitrite NO2, specially for kids .
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Nitrite standards
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Nitrite WHO
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Korea daegu,human right to water declaration. alternative water forum


Daegu  Human Right to Water Declaration

The following declaration was written by Korean and global water justice groups gathered at the Daegu Alternative Water Forum.

From April 12-14, Korean civil society organizations hosted an Alternative Water Forum in Daegu in opposition to the corporate-led World Water Forum 7 being held in the same city. One of the key concerns for the Korean Government Employees Union – the main organizers of the event —  was the involvement of French multinational water corporation, Veolia.  KGEU argues that Veolia used the corporate World Water Forum to cement its interests in the region (read more). The KGEU is fighting to keep water public in Korea and represents 140,000 public sector employees but has been refused legal status by the Korean government.

2015 Daegu Gyoungbuk declaration on the Human right to water

Water is life and a human right.
We declare our commitment to strong public water services for all!

In commemoration of the five-year anniversary of the UN resolution 64/292 regarding the Human right to water and sanitation, in celebration of the 15-year anniversary of the  Cochabamba struggle against water privatization, and following in the footsteps of global water justice struggles against the corporate World Water Forum in Japan in 2003, Mexico in 2006, Turkey in 2009, France in 2012, we the Daegu 2015 Alternative World Water Forum  declare;

1. The World Water Forum is illegitimate: It is a corporate trade fair aimed at promoting market access to multinational water corporations in the water and sanitation sector. It gives corporations privileged access to decision-makers behind closed doors and should not be used as a space to advance policies to solve the global water crisis. Public water policies must be discussed democratically in consultation with the public and with impacted communities in particular.

2. Water and sanitation are a human right: The greedy and profit seeking practices of multinational water corporations threaten the universal human right to water and sanitation: the privatisation of water in various forms has led to blatant violations of this right through tariff hikes, water quality degradation, inefficiency, corruption and destruction of the environment. The human right to water is also violated through the destruction of watersheds and commodification of water resources in the form of large dams and infrastructure, water diversions, extractive industries, hydraulic fracturing and other dirty industries.

3. Water is part of the commons: Water supply and sewerage must publicly owned and managed in recognition of water as a vital part of the commons. We will continue to work together to stop privatisation and to remunicipalise private water and sanitation systems. We call on the public sector – local and state governments – to improve the social and ecological management of water quality and water resources and to solve dispute between locals where necessary.  Public and community management must be strengthened by ensuring transparency, accountability, access to information and public participation in decision-making. We urge the Korean government to promote policies that strengthen public water and sanitation services and demand an end to all negotiations with the French multinational corporation, Veolia.

4. We call for the Post 2015 Development agenda to recognize water and sanitation as human rights and as part of the commons. Unless the Post 2015 Development Agenda is rooted in a human rights framework and a commons-based perspective, it will run the risk of facilitating the commodification of water resources and privatization of services.

5. We will continue to support each other’s struggles as a global water justice movement. We will strengthen our ties of solidarity in our struggles to stop privatisation and promote quality public water and sanitation services at the community level, the national level and the global level. From Daegu Gyoungbuk, Korea we connect with struggles and victories against privatization around the world.

14 April 2015
Participants of the 2015 Daegu Alternative World Water Forum


world water Forum, Ministerial Declaration at Korea.


Leaders from around the world pose for a photo at the World Water Forum 2015 in Daegu, South Korea on April 13.

Leaders from around the world pose for a photo at the World Water Forum 2015 in Daegu, South Korea on April 13.
14 April 2015 – 11:15am
Mary Park

Global leaders from more than 100 countries gathered around tables and agreed on the necessity of concentrating global will to solve water-related challenges.

Ministers and heads of delegations yesterday adopted a ministerial declaration to advance water-related cooperation on a global scale in Daegu, South Korea’s southern city, where the 7th World Water Forum (WWF) is being held.

Pledging joint effort on the pending issues, delegates reaffirmed that water is the core of sustainable development in the world. According to the declaration, participants urged international society to focus its capacity on dedicated water goals and water-related targets in its “Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

In a bid to seek solutions, they supported the proposal to write “water” and “sanitary” issues into the agenda of World Summit on Sustainable Development as a key environmental issue, and committed to cooperate to ensure a successful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The participants stepped up their collaborations to focus the science and technology of developed countries towards promoting knowledge and expertise-sharing, and to plan to spread successful water resource management models across borders and barriers to support undeveloped countries that are experiencing water shortages. They also stressed the importance of the convergence of information and communications technologies (ICT) in smart water management, and welcomed the inauguration of the Science and Technology Process in the water forum led by the South Korean government.

The declaration suggested developing a friendly relationship between the interested parties of primary concerns including both advanced and developing countries, international organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Especially for a public-private partnership, world leaders called for cooperation with the Global Green Growth Institute and the Green Climate Fund.


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7th world water forum kicks off in Korea


Representatives from many countries including Korean President Park Geun-hye (7th from left) attend the opening ceremony of the World Water Forum 2015 in Daegu. – See more at:

13 April 2015 – 11:30am
Mary Park

The 7th World Water Forum kicked off in Daegu on April 12 with an opening ceremony attended by 1,800 high-ranking international and domestic officials.

Under the slogan of “Water for Our Future,” the forum will take place until April 17 at the EXCO in Daegu and the HICO in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, with the core value of “Implementation.”

Held every three years by the World Water Council, the World Water Forum is the largest international event to discuss water-related issues that takes place around World Water Day on March 22.

This year, about 30,000 participants from 170 countries participated in the event, including leaders, high-ranking government officials, international organization officials, scholars, businessmen related to water, non-governmental organization activists, and citizens.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that the forum will promote global peace by providing solutions to global crises that are water-related conflicts. “South Korea, as a part of the world’s only divided country, seeks to build a communication channel though this Water Forum by starting co-management of rivers passing through the South and the North,” she said.  “We believe that our efforts both to ease the tension between the South and the North, which has made a crisis in Northeast Asia, and to take care of two-thirds of the world’s population living under water-stressed conditions will make ways to contribute to world peace.”

Park added, “It is urgent for us to move forward to a new era of peace and cooperation for our future by settling water-connected conflicts in this world. Both advanced and emerging countries should necessitate efforts to make water-related challenges an opportunity for economic growth of all global players.”

More than 400 sessions are scheduled to discuss water-related issues under four sections; thematic, political, science and technology, and regional processes.

The sessions of thematic and science and technology processes and the Water Expo will be held in Daegu, while the sessions of political and regional processes and the citizen’s forum will be held in Gyeongju.

A total of 135 sessions of thematic processes, which are the core processes of the World Water Forum, will take place under 16 themes, including climate change, natural disasters, and energy. Through a special session participated in by high-ranking officials, various water-related issues will be discussed, including measures to supply resources and the objectives of sustainable development.

The Water Expo is held in EXCO in Daegu, attended by 294 companies and institutions from 39 countries.

It will have various cultural events based on water, including a film festival, a photo exhibition, and a Hallyu concert to attract participation from not only water experts but also regular people. Also, it will introduce tourism programs in the region to foreign participants.

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world water council , key events


The big event is nearly upon us, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Korea in just a few days.To help you get the most out of your 7th World Water Forum experience, please find here a link to dowload the program of key events to which the World Water Council would like to draw your attention. For more information, you may also wish to refer to the online Forum program, which can be found here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or require any further information and please excuse us in advance for any cross-postings.

World Water Council – Conseil mondial de l’eau
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13002 Marseille – France
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Water Hygenie and Sanitation Issues Of Pakistan