China’s Hydro-Power Station Worries India

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BEIJING: China’s new Hydro-power station, the largest in Tibet built on the Brahmaputra river which has raised concerns in India over disrupting water supplies. All six of the station’s units were incorporated into the power grid on Tuesday, the China Gezhouba Group, a major hydropower contractor based in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province in central China told state-run Xinhua news agency.

Located in the Gyaca County, Shannan Prefecture, the Zam Hydropower Station also known as Zangmu Hydropower Station. The dam, considered to be the world’s highest-altitude hydro power station and the largest of its kind, will produce 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.

“It will alleviate the electricity shortage in central Tibet and empower the development of the electricity-strapped region. It is also an important energy base in central Tibet,” the company said. The first unit began operations last November.India has been taking up the issue with China for the past few years the two countries reached.

India is concerned that if the waters are diverted, then projects on the Brahmaputra, particularly the Upper Siang and Lower Subansiri projects in Arunachal Pradesh, may get affected.

PTI

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