India is planning to build a 10 gigawatts (GW) hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh as stated by a senior Indian official from India’s federal water ministry on Tuesday.
While speaking with a leading international daily, the official said that it is the need of the hour to mitigate the adverse impact of the Chinese dam projects. The authorities are concerned that Chinese projects could create water scarcity or trigger flash floods.
Brahmaputra River, also known as the Yarlung Tsangpo in China, flows to India from Tibet. It enters India from Arunachal Pradesh and flows down to Assam and then to Bangladesh before finally meeting the Bay of Bengal.
The official from the ministry added that the proposal is under consideration at the highest level of the government adding that this plan by India would create a large water storage capacity which is enough to offset the impact of Chinese dams on flows.
With the diplomatic relations between the two nations already in a tense mode with troops locked in border face-off in the western Himalayas, many analysts are concerned that this could potentially create another flashpoint.
Additionally, on Monday Chinese media reported that the country could build up to 60 GW of hydropower capacity on a section of Brahmaputra River.
The senior official from India’s federal water ministry added that they are in formal talks with the Chinese government and have informed that the projects must not cause any adverse impact on India. Although assurances were given, the official is concerned as to how long their assurances will last.