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Expert calls for Indo-China treaty
 GUWAHATI, Nov 28 – Seattle-based Assamese lady engineer Dr Arati Bora Baruah has called for steps to ink a water sharing treaty between India and China to ensure proper sharing of the water of the Himalayan rivers flowing through the country. Baruah, who was talking to The Assam Tribune here today, also demanded steps to involve Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in the talks being held between India and China on the Tibetan rivers, particularly on the Brahmaputra – known in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China as the Yarlung Tsangpo.

Baruah, an engineer with the Boeing International, who has been studying the Himalayan rivers for the past several years, said since China has confessed to its constructing dams on the upper reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo, it provides a scope for the Indian Government to engage its Chinese counterpart in dialogues and then to ink a treaty. These steps are inevitable so as to ensure adequate flow of the Himalayan rivers in their downstream areas beyond the territory of China.

The Tibetan Plateau has the glaciers and the water reservoirs of Asia. Tibetan Plateau, also known as the third pole, acts as the index of global warming. This plateau is not for development but for only tender loving care. Otherwise, bad things will be happening to the continent at a faster pace, she warned.

A holistic study of the Yarlung Tsangpo Suture Zone is overdue. Now that Myanmar is opened up, Seven Sisters have access to this suture zone to study and learn, said Baruah.

She alleged that the Chinese developmental projects have adverse impacts on the climate of North East India. As for example, she said, the Three Gorges Dam project of China has been effecting changes in the climate of this part of India.

People of the NE region should keep records of the developments taking place in the weather regime to pinpoint the co-relation between the Three Gorges Dam, etc., and the weather system here. Experts of the region should also undertake projects to study this co-relation, said Baruah.

She also warned that the debris deposited in the space may have adverse impacts on the developmental activities of the NE region by way of obstructing its satellite-based communication network.

On the Arunachal dams, she said the hills of Arunachal Pradesh do not have the capacity to hold big dams. They are made of loose soil. No dam with the capacity of holding water for power projects of over 100-MW will be feasible there.

Baruah said dams in Arunachal Pradesh will also become ineffective if the Chinese authorities divert or dam the Tibetan rivers.

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