The World Bank is overseeing the procedure since there is disagreement between the two nations on whether the technical design elements of the two plants violate the Indus Water Treaty.
The impartial expert and the head of the Washington Court of Arbitration were both invited to two separate sessions by the bank on Monday. They also invited the Pakistani and Indian delegations.
The WB appointed the head of the Court of Arbitration and the unbiased expert in October. Prof. Sean Murphy was chosen to lead the Court of Arbitration, while Michel Lino was chosen to serve as the impartial expert.
The 330MW Kishenganga and 850MW Ratle hydroelectric power facilities’ designs have caused friction between the neighbouring countries. While the latter is being built, the former was inaugurated in 2018.
Pakistan contacted the World Bank in 2016 to request that the organisation look into its worries regarding the two hydroelectric power projects. The requests were submitted as a result of the Permanent Indus Commission’s failure to resolve the issue.
Since that time, the World Bank has held a number of high-level meetings to discuss several solutions, but with no success.