China blocks Brahmaputra tributary in Tibet


New Delhi, October 1, 2016: While India was just mulling over to revoke Indus Water Treaty to apprehend her terrain dominance to the neighboring terror state Pakistan, the Red Dragon on the East has blocked a vital tributary of Brahmaputra on Friday.

China has blocked the river tributary to construct The Lalho Project which is also China’s most expensive dam with 740 million dollars of investment in Tibet at a location very close to India’s Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Though, the dragon land has coerced that its dams are run of the river projects and they are not designed to hold water, India and Bangladesh has deep concern over the completion of the Hydel project.

China’ hydropower project on Brahmaputra may hamper the water flow and make the North-Eastern states vulnerable for “flood” and “lack of water.” The capacity of reservoir is massive as it can store up to 295 million cubic meters of water.

Although it is not the first time that China has altered the flow of Bhramaputra river. In 2015 too, China had processed Zam Hydropower Station, its largest Hydel power project in Tibet, on the river.

The first project was built at Zangmu in 2010. Following it, three more dams were announced in 2011-15 five-year plan.

The construction of the dam began in June 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

The river Brahmaputra starts from the Great Himalayas in Tibet as the Tsangpo River and flows towards East for 704 miles. When the river bends it enters India and crosses the Assam Valley. From the Assam valley the river flows southwards passing through Bangladesh and reaches towards Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta into the Bay of Bengal. Being 10th largest river in the world, the Brahmaputra river is an important water source for irrigation and transportation.

Unlike Indus water treaty with Pakistan, India has no water treaty with China. But the two nations have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on trans-border Rivers. Under this Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on common rivers, Beijing provides data to India on the water flows.

Wefornews Bureau

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