The Indian government has expedited the process of getting clearances for four proposed projects to build reservoirs to store water from the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries amid fresh reports of Chinese threats to divert the river’s water to its arid regions. An inter-ministerial meeting was held recently to discuss the proposed projects.
Water has emerged as the new divide in Sino-Indian ties, and China, being an upper riparian state, is going to use it as a weapon against India, a lower riparian state, say experts.
ndia wants to ensure that it has enough water to sustain its hydropower projects and irrigation during the lean seasons should China divert the Brahmaputra’s flow in the upper reaches. The idea is based on a worst-case scenario assessment. An added incentive is to help control the floods in the northeastern state of Assam. Read More…
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