Saturday, October 17, 2009

China begins building dam on its side of the Brahmaputra

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    • So far, Beijing has denied any plans to build a dam on its side of the Brahmaputra river. But strong evidence has now emerged to suggest that China has begun constructing a dam on the river which it calls the Yarlungzangbo (better known as Yarlong Tsangpo to the Tibetans).


      It’s learnt that the Zangmu hydroelectrical project was inaugurated on March 16 this year and the first concrete was poured on April 2.

    • satellite image, february 2009
    • From preliminary information available with India, the Chinese plan to have a series of five medium-sized dams along the river in the Nanshan region of Tibet at Zangmu, Jiacha or Gyatsa, Zhongda, Jiexu and Langzhen.
    • This exchange, however, has been restricted to flood season data and Indian efforts to widen the scope of information-sharing have not moved forward.


      China, sources said, never informed India about its plans or this specific project.

    • Along with India, Bangladesh is another country that would be affected by dams and has often voiced concerns in this regard.