PoK against China-backed project in Pakistan for construction of dams

People came out in large numbers in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) protesting against the construction of two mega-dams by China and Pakistan over Neelam and Jhelum rivers.

The protests were organised by one ‘Darya Bachao, Muzaffarabad Bachao’ (Save Rivers Save Muzaffarabad) committee.

Both Pakistan and China signed agreements to construct hydel projects- Azad Pattan and Kohala Hydropower in PoK region.The project has been sponsored by Chinese group – China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) at a whopping $1.54 billion.

The protestors are disturbed with the aftereffects that will happen with the construction of dams. The residents have often raised their voices against increasing Chinese presence in the area.