Jammu Kashmir Awami Workers Party organized a demonstration at national press club Islamabad against the state created ecological crises facing the citizens of Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Kashmir.
The main crisis is the catastrophic reduction of water in the Neelam River flowing inside the Muzfarabad city. The Neelam River has almost dried from Nosari to Muzaffarabad after the inauguration of Neelam Jehlum Hydral Power project, due to diversion of 90 percent of the river water to the tunnel from Nosari.
In 2008 when the project was started, it was stated that as per international standards only twenty percent water would be diverted to the tunnel but now the situation is totally opposite. For that reason the river has dried and the life of human, animals and underwater species —as well as the biodiversity of the river— is being affected badly and is actually endangered.
Ecological pattern of the area is getting changed very quickly, around four hundred natural water resources have disappeared. The people living on the upper area (mountains) of underground tunnel are facing very serious water crises.
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