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China to build water projects in Tibet

August 26, 2011

Daily the Pak Banker
August 17, 2011

Beijing, Aug. 17 -- China announced its plans to build projects worth USD 1.8 billion in Tibet, which presumably include a hydropower project on Brahmaputra river originating from there. China will spend more than 11.6 billion yuan (USD 1.8 billion) on the construction of Tibet's irrigation and drinking water projects in the mentioned 12th five year plan starting from this year. The money will go to 16 categories of water programmes that would cover irrigation, flood prevention and control, drinking water and hydropower, quoted officials of the Tibet's Water Resources Department as saying.

There has been no direct reference in today's announcement to the dam China plans to build on Brahmaputra river, which in Tibetan language is known as Yarlung Tsangpo.

According to reports, China plans to build a USD 1.2 billion run of the river dam to generate 510 mw power. The allocation is presumably in addition to about seven billion yuan (over USD one billion) that has been channelled into the water programs in Tibet, providing 1.62 million farmers and herders in the region with clean drinking water.

In March this year, Chinese Foreign Ministry said they proposed to build a dam on Brahmaputra but not a "very big one" to cause concern for neighbouring countries India and Bangladesh, which avail the waters. In the first half of this year, about three billion yuan has been earmarked for the water projects that include 129 programs, of which 125 are newly constructed ones Published by HT Syndication with permission from Daily Pak Banker. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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