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India to take up with China the issue of blocking Brahmaputra tributary: MEA

India will raise China blocking a tributary of Brahmaputra as part of a major hydro-electric project, whose construction began in 2014.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2016 00:56 IST
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“We have conveyed to the Chinese side that they should be mindful of the interests of the lower riparian while undertaking any projects on these rivers,” MEA Official spokesperson Vikas Swarup has said.
“We have conveyed to the Chinese side that they should be mindful of the interests of the lower riparian while undertaking any projects on these rivers,” MEA Official spokesperson Vikas Swarup has said. (File photo)

India will raise China blocking a tributary of Brahmaputra as part of a major hydro-electric project, whose construction began in 2014.

“All relevant issues which occurred after the last meeting will be taken up at the next meeting of the expert level mechanism”, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

The state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the blocking of a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo river is part of China’s “most expensive” hydro project-- Lalho project.

The Brahmaputra in its upper reaches is called Yarlung Zangbo. India has bilateral agreement with China to share information on cross border rivers which include Brahmaputra and Sutlej.

But it has an an expert level mechanism which meets regularly to discuss issues concerning cross border rivers, where the blocking of the tributary will come up.

“We have conveyed to the Chinese side that they should be mindful of the interests of the lower riparian while undertaking any projects on these rivers,” the spokesperson pointed out.

The Chinese side has conveyed on several occasions that they are only undertaking run-of-the-river hydro power projects which do not involve diversion of the waters of the Brahmaputra.