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On first visit to China, India’s PM Modi urged to raise concerns about dam-building in Tibet

May 18, 2015

Times of India, May 15, 2015 - As Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his three-day visit to China on Thursday, chief minister Tarun Gogoi urged him to take up with Beijing the issue of construction of dams by China on the Brahmaputra.

Gogoi said there have been serious concerns about the construction of dams by China on the Brahmaputra that would adversely impact the downstream flow of the river. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi must convey India's concerns to Beijing during his visit," Gogoi said.

In 2011, when Gogoi raised this concern with the Centre, the then external affairs minister S M Krishna conveyed to him that from assurances given by China and its own verification, the course of the Brahmaputra was not being diverted.

All along, China has been saying that it plans to build only run-off-the-river dams for generating electricity and that there was no danger from this. In November, 2014, China announced operationalization of a major hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra, called Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet, which triggered fears of flash floods in downstream areas of the river in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Bangladesh.

Out of the Brahmaputra's total length of 2,880km, 1,625km is in Tibet, 918km in India and 337km in Bangladesh.

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