Assam govt concerned over Chinese dam on Bramhaputra

Last Updated: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 21:20

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today said his government is seriously concerned over
reports of China constructing a dam on Yarlung Tsangpo river
in Tibet, the source of river Brahmaputra.

"The Assam government is seriously concerned over the
construction of a dam by China on river Yarlung Tsangpo. We
apprehend it will affect Assam and dry up river Brahmaputra
and other water resources downstream."

Stating that he would meet the prime minister and the
union water resources minister for taking up the issue with
Beijing, Gogoi said, "earlier I had taken it up with Manmohan
Singh who then raised the issue with his Chinese counterpart.
China then denied that the dam would affect Assam or any other
part of India."

The chief minister said the state would set up an
expert committee to go into the necessary measures to be taken
in the eventuality of China constructing the dam. "We will
also involve the IIT here if necessary."

Construction of a dam on the 1625-km Brahmaputra in
the Tibet Autonomous Region is thought to have serious impact
on the socio-economic condition of the people in Assam, where
the river flows for 918 km before falling into the Indian
ocean.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 21:20

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