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Chinese dam on Brahmaputra in Tibet becomes operational
Posted on: 15-10-2015 , 12:47:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Oct 15, 2015- In a major concern that may impact the downstream flow of the Brahmaputra, a 510MW Chinese hydroelectric dam has became operational on the Brahmaputra from Tuesday.

Official Xinhua news agency said electricity from all units of the Zangmu Hydropower Project in Tibet, regarded as the highest in the world and just 550km from the Indian border, had been connected to China's national power grid.
While an Indian official said the government wasn't concerned as China has assured India it was a run-of-the-river project. This might create discomfort for India as the possible impact on Upper Siang and Lower Subansiri projects in Arunachal Pradesh if the dam in Tibet reduces the Brahmaputra water flow.
The project has turned will be a massive one with the dam, 390m long and 116m high in Gyaca County of Shannan Prefecture in Tibet and will generate 2,500MW once it is completed.
Observers believe Zangmu Hydropower Project's completion reflects India's failure to persuade China to reduce its size in view of flooding dangers it poses to downstream areas. 
An Indian inter-ministerial expert group (IMEG) had advised the government in 2013 to intensify monitoring of river flows from upper to lower reaches of Brahmaputra in view of dangers posed by this dam. IMEG had noted three dams, Jiexu, Zangmu and Jiacha, were within 25km of each other and just 550km from the Indian border.

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