Chinese engineers and officials are reportedly lobbying for building the world’s biggest hydroelectric project on the Brahmaputra’s ‘great bend’, where the river curves southward to flow into India and then into Bangladesh.
On Monday, Tibetan researcher Tashi Tsering at the University of British Columbia, posted online a map of potential sites reportedly sourced from Chinese government website.
China is likely to build a 38,000 MW power station near Motua wrote Tsering. He told HT over email that: “China is likely to hold back water when it’s most needed in India, during spring, and release more during the monsoon.”
On Tuesday, the Guardian quoted Zhang Boting, an official of the China Society for Hydropower Engineering, backing the project. Tsering said the idea’s greatest risk for India and Bangla-desh is seismic activity and not water diversion.