India and Pakistan are bracing themselves up for the final order of the Court of Arbitration at The Hague in their dispute over the construction of the Rs. 3,600 crore Kishenganga hydro-electric project in North Kashmir.
Highly placed sources told The Hindu on Monday that the Court, chaired by Stephen M. Schwebel, has asked the ambassadors of both the countries to be present when it hands out its judgement on February 18.
The 330 MW run-of-the-river power project is under construction by the National Hydro Power Corporation in the Kashmir valley. Pakistan had sought a stay on the project while the dispute was being heard. However, the Court had restrained India from certain activities of a permanent nature but did not impose any stay.
The project is under construction on Kishenganga (called Neelam in Pakistan), a tributary of the Jhelum river, by diverting waters from a dam site to Bonar Madmati Nallah, another tributary of Jhelum.