Kohala Hydroelectric Power Project finalised between China and Pakistan 

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Kohala Hydroelectric Power Project finalised between China and Pakistan 

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International Relations; Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests

In News:

  • An agreement has been finalised between China and Pakistan to implement the Kohala hydroelectric power project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Key takeaways 

  • The project will be set up in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
  • It will be built on the Jhelum River
  • Once completed, it will provide more than 5 billion units of clean and low-cost electricity for consumers in Pakistan.
  • Earlier, India had protested Pakistan’s plans to build a dam in Gilgit-Baltistan region. 

Important value additions 

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

  • It is a collection of infrastructure projects that are under construction throughout Pakistan since 2013. 
  • It is intended to rapidly upgrade Pakistan’s required infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerous energy projects, and special economic zones. 
  • It is a 3,000-km-long corridor which is aimed at connecting China and Pakistan with rail, road, pipelines and optical cable fiber networks.
  • It connects China’s Xinjiang province with Pakistan Gwadar port, providing access to China to the Arabian Sea. 
  • The CPEC passes through PoK, over which India has conveyed its protests to China. 

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