China's dam on Brahma­pu­tra op­er­a­tional

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

CHINA HAS an­nounced that the first gen­er­at­ing unit of the 9.6 bil­lion yuan (US $1.5 bil­lion) Zangmu hy­dropower sta­tion on the Yar­lung Zangbo river (called the Brahma­pu­tra in In­dia) in Ti­bet has be­come op­er­a­tional. Five other gen­er­at­ing units of the dam are due for com­ple­tion next year. The news is bound to raise alarm in In­dia as Arunachal Pradesh and Assam form the lower ri­par­ian of the Brahma­pu­tra. In­dia had said that damming the Brahma­pu­tra could cause floods in th­ese states. China's re­sponse has been that the run-of-the-river dams fo­cus on gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity, which pose lit­tle dan­ger.

FANGHONG

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