Committee formed to study Brahmaputra river



Guwahati: In the wake of reported diversion of water and construction of dams in the upper reaches of Brahmaputra river in China, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed the chief secretary to constitute an expert committee headed by a former Gauhati University professor.

The committee with Dulal Chandra Goswami as chairman would examine water availability, hydro electric potential scenario, flood and related issues such as erosion, sedimentation load in the light of China's reported move to divert water from the river, official sources said.

The Goswami committee will comprise IIT-Guwahati professors Anoop Kumar Gogoi and Arup Kumar Sarma, Dibrugarh University professor Jogendra Nath Sarma and Assam Engineering College professor Bipul Talukdar.

The committee, which would also have the water resources department secretary as a member, would submit its report within three months from the date of issue of notification, the sources said.

The Chief Minister during his recent visit to Delhi had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Water Resources Minister P K Bansal following the reported move by China to divert water from Brahmaputra, the sources added.

Bureau Report