外文标题：China builds hydroelectric dam on Brahmaputra in Tibet, India fears flash floods
BEIJING: China has announced that it has completed a major hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra, called Yarlung Zangbo, in Tibet. The dam is bound to enhance fears in India and Bangladesh about flash floods and related risks like landslides involving lives of millions of people downstream.
India has repeatedly expressed concern about the dangers of damming the Brahmaputra, one of the strongest Himalayan rivers, in upstream areas in Tibet. China has routinely responded saying its plans were restricted to run-off-the-river dams focussed on generating electricity, which posed little danger.
Indian officials have so far been satisfied by Beijing's explanations, not realizing China was actually building a massive project that would affect the river's flow into Arunachal Pradesh and other parts of the northeastern region of India, sources said.
Announcing that Tibet's largest hydropower station had become partly operational on Sunday, Beijing said it would be useful in "harnessing the rich water resources of the Yarlung Zangbo river to empower the development of the electricity-strapped region".
The first section of the $1.5 billion Zangmu Hydropower Station, which is over 3,300m above sea level on the "roof of the world", went into operation Sunday afternoon. Five other sections are due for completion no later than next year, it said.
Vijay Chopra (Delhi)
It is serious matter.
Brown American (USA)
Isn't that what India does to Pakistan?
Arpan Maheshwari () replies to Brown American
and how does that help?? china bully us.. thats y we have to bully pak...
Indians are busy changing names of roads and doing away with statues of British Raj whilst China is busy changing the landscape of the subcontinent
Manmohan Singh's government failed to tackle this problem. When China started this massive project they should have assessed its potential impact on India.
70% indian rivers flows through tibet(china)
Am Pa (Unknown)
why doesn't india build one too just near where brahmaputra (tsangpo) enters india?? a dam can take care of flooding situations besides generating hydroelectric for india
Only the Chinese can build engineering marvels like these on such a massive scale. I say, they should come into India and improve our railways, highways, power generation capabilities also ha ha!
next-china will build dam in mansarover lake and block river ganga flowing in india..india should become friend of china instead of quarelling with them..but our media won't let it happen