`Dam at source of Bramhaputra will not have negative effect`
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 16:25
Guwahati: China has told the Centre that construction of dam at the source of the river Brahmaputra in its territory will not have negative impact downstream in India, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Thursday.

"China has told the Central government that there will be no negative impact downstream in India and so there is nothing to fear here. However, we have to be vigilant about the development," Gogoi told reporters here.

The Chinese assurance came when the Prime Minister took up the matter with Beijing after Assam government drew his attention to the issue in 2006, he said.

Gogoi said, "We will urge the Centre to have a water sharing information treaty with China. We will also study the downstream impact of the Chinese project."

To BJP leader Rajnath Singh's assertion that the country should give permission for only small dams in the highly seismic North Eastern region, Gogoi accused the party of having double standards as the erstwhile BJP-led Central government had sanctioned mega dams which were converted to single purpose power dams.

"They have double standards. The BJP and AGP which supported mega dams are now realising their negative impact and waking up," Gogoi said.

On multi-purpose dam for the Lower Subansiri hydro-electric project at Gerukamukh in Arunachal Pradesh, Gogoi said, "If it benefits us here, then why should we oppose it? If it has negative effect here then we will have to force Arunachal Pradesh to stop the project.

"We will not cooperate and will prevent those projects that harm us. We have asked the Centre to examine all central, state and private projects that harm Assam. We have also asked for law on it," he said.

The chief minister also claimed that he had written to the then NDA government about the illegal foreigners problem in the state, but it took no action.


First Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 16:25

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