Agartala: Chairman of Brahmaputra Board Rajiv Yadav on Monday clarified that even if water of Brahmaputra is diverted in its upstream flow that falls in China, chances are low that the whole river will become dry.

“Although it is not my prerogative, I am giving you the scientific basis of the whole thing. River is a natural phenomenon, and more than 60 per cent of Brahmaputra’s total discharge comes from its tributaries in India, especially Arunachal Pradesh. Even if the upstream flow is diverted, it will wield a negligible impact on the river’s total discharge,” said Yadav while replying to a question.  

Yadav was speaking at a press conference followed by a board meeting at the Civil Secretariat of Tripura.

On Tripura, he insisted on updating the existing studies on the state rivers as the board felt that rainfall patterns have changed in the region keeping parity with the global phenomenon of climate change.  

“Some studies are available with the government but it requires to be updated by conducting fresh studies. In the board meeting, we have decided to carry out fresh studies on Tripura Rivers, especially Manu and Howrah.”

Officials of Tripura government apprised the board about the condition of rivers in the state. Master plans have also been drawn up for rivers Howrah and Manu, the official added.

“The state government has extended us all sorts of support and during the meeting, we have discussed the master plan for soil erosion and flood prevention on the banks of Manu and Howrah rivers,” said Yadav.

On being asked about the ill impacts of shifting cultivation and its hazardous impact on Tripura Rivers, he said, “We are planning to rope in more officials to chalk out a comprehensive plan in this regard. There are two central water commission offices in Guwahati and Shillong.”

“There are officials with expertise in the field of soil erosion and irrigation who can help in building an inclusive task force to carry forward the job. We will also hold a two-day workshop for capacity building of the officials,” he added. 

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