Brahmaputra upstream needs silt check, not hasty dredging

by Chandan Kumar Duarah .   Assam Government declared dredging as an answer to solve the flood and erosion problem. Government declared that the World Bank had sanctioned Rs 980 crore to dredge the river. But, it is in doubt whether it will help to minimize flood and erosion problem anyway. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal…

China and India’s Slow-Moving Path to ‘Water Wars’

China’s September 30 announcement that it would temporarily divert the Xiabuqu—a domestic river that feeds into the mighty Brahmaputra running from Tibet through Northeast India and Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal—to allow for the construction of two hydroelectric dams exacerbates anxieties in both downstream Delhi and Dhaka. However, the latest round of recriminations and…

Downstream concerns on the Brahmaputra

Nimmi Kurian As China’s largest hydroelectric dam on the Brahmaputra, or Yarlung Tsangpo, became fully operational this month, it has once again evoked concerns in India. The $1.5 billion Zangmu hydroelectric dam has stoked a virtual paranoia over China’s resource choices and their likely downstream impact. But the debate has generated more heat than light.…

China operationalises biggest dam on Brahmaputra in Tibet

Beijing, Oct 13 (PTI) China today operationalised the USD 1.5 billion Zam Hydropower Station, the largest in Tibet, built on the Brahmaputra river, which has raised concerns in India over the likelihood of disrupting water supplies. All six of the station’s units were incorporated into the power grid on Tuesday, the China Gezhouba Group, a…