China has begun generating electricity from Tibet`s biggest ever hydropower project, state-run media reported, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers which has stoked fears in neighbouring India.
China on Sunday partly commissioned its largest hydropower station in Tibet, built on the Brahmaputra river, that could restrict the flow of water in the major river in the riparian regions in India and Bangladesh.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Central Assam's Morigaon district with a dense population of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros reopened for tourists today after a routine closure of four months during the monsoons.
Over 12 lakh people have been affected in floods in 16 districts of Assam. Many rivers, including the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries, continue to flow above the danger level, the authorities said on Wednesday.
Inland Water Transport (IWT) department has temporarily suspended plying of any boat, both mechanised or manual, on Brahmaputra from today due to the rising of water level of the river in Assam capital.
India will pay China over Rs 82 lakh annually for crucial flood data of the Brahmaputra to improve flood forecasting even as the two sides agreed to allow their water experts to conduct study tours on both sides of the river which originates in Tibet.
The reported building of dams on the Brahmaputra in China was a "matter of serious concern" and any attempt to interfere with the river`s flow should be considered as an "act of aggression", NPP leader PA Sangma has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India and China Wednesday signed a new agreement to strengthen cooperation on trans-border rivers that is aimed at allaying India`s concerns over new dams on the Brahmaputra and facilitating the exchange of flood data.