Arunachal, Assam want Centre to neutralise impact of Chinese dams

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 11:50 hrs

The governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam would draw New Delhi's attention towards steps to neutralise the impact of three dams proposed by China on Tsangofo.

Tsangofo is known as Siang in Arunachal and Brahmaputra in Assam and sustains the life of people of North East India.

Arunachal Pradesh Water Resources Minister Newlai Tingkhatra and his Assam counterpart Rajib Lochan Pegu and Revenue Parliamentary Secretary Pradhan Baruah told media persons after a joint official meeting here today.

"We have no objection to China building dams. But the Chinese dams should not affect the life of the people, which sustain on the flow of Brahmaputra since ages. If the downstream flow of the river is not affected we have nothing to object," both the ministers reasoned.

Pegu informed that Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in writing, Tingkhtara said he would urge Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to follow suit.

Responding to a volley of queries, Tingkhatra said that states have been formed for administrative reasons, but nature has no boundary and Assam suffers heavily because of landslides, erosion and siltation in Arunachal Rivers.

On a specific question that India will lose its first user rights if China builds three dams first, the Assam minister said the life of people of Assam and Arunachal cannot sustain without the river, which is the life giver for them.

Pegu, however, said that he was not opposed to any dam if the downstream impact is assessed scientifically and precautionary measures initiated for building any dam in the region. (ANI)

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