New Delhi, India: The Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, asked for a report from the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) on the building activity by China on the bend of the Yarlang Tsangpo — that’s what the Brahmaputra River is called in Mandarin.
“The resolution of Indian satellite has gone up from 181m to 10cm. This means structures, which have been there, are now visible in much greater detail. But we are not willing to make any unjustified or premature assumptions. Hence, we have asked for a report from the NRSC. The projects that we know do not store water upstream. These are hydel power projects that will use the gradient to generate power without affecting the flow of the river or its volume significantly,” said an official from the ministry. India gets about 78 billion cubic metres (BCM) of Tsangpo water.
China is reportedly to have been building 24 such projects on the Brahmaputra River, whose implications for the lower riparian states like Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have been a matter of grave concern.
So far, India has been seeking solace from Beijing’s plans of developing the Yarlong Tsangpo Grand Canyon – considered the deepest in the world – as a tourist attraction.