China denies dam effect on Brahmaputra

 BEIJING, Mar 3 – Claiming that its hydropower project on Brahmaputra river in Tibet was not obstructing the water flow to India, China today said its dam was "not big" enough to affect the lower riparian regions, reports PTI.

"...You might have noted, Foreign Minister (SM) Krishna and other Indian officials have remarked to the knowledge of Indian government, China has not developed new hydroprojects on the river," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here.

“Our projects have not affected the lower stream regions. Overall, the utilisation of Chinese side of the Tsangpo River (Tibetan name for Brahmaputra) is very low and the river in concern has only been developed (to utilise) less than one per cent” of water, he said.

His comments follow remarks by a spokesman of Arunachal Pradesh Government that the Brahmaputra river was suddenly found to have almost dried up at a town in the state.

People of century-old Pasighat town in East Siang district of the state found that the water level of the river receded so much that it almost dried, Tako Dabi had said.

On his part, Hong said that the Chinese side built Zangmu dam in the middle part of the river, but this hydro project "is not of a big capacity and has no need for storage of water and it will not affect the ecology and environment."