NEW DELHI, Nov 11 – China has denied reports of bid to divert the river Brahmaputra and assured India that Zangmu hydropower station would not have adverse impact on downstream areas.
Beijing has shared information with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna this April about the construction activities at Zangmu hydropower station. It was stated that Zangmu is a small project with its main function being generation of power and not water supply, Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent H Pala said in a Rajya Sabha reply.
China also mentioned that the power station would not regulate the volume of water and would not have an adverse impact on the downstream areas, Pala said.
If the water from water resources project in Tibet is diverted into some other basin in China then it may affect quantity of flow of water in downstream areas in India during the lean season. However, if the water is released back in the same river after generation of electricity, then the effect on flow of water downstream may not be significant, he argued.
However, he added that the Government of India is keeping a constant watch on all developments.
Replying to a Raajya Sabha question, Pala said that Government is aware of reports regarding construction of 55 reservoirs on Tibetan rivers in China including Brahmaputra. The Chinese side has categorically denied that it is constructing a dam on the Brahmaputra river for the purpose of water diversion, Pala informed.