GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of External Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1898
ANSWERED ON MARCH 14, 2013
Construction of Dam on Brahmaputra by China
1898. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether China has shared any data with India on the three dams that it is constructing on the Brahmaputra river in the Tibet Autonomous Region:
(b) if so, the implications of the same on the flow of the river and its subsequent ecological impact on the respective areas in India;
(c) whether Indian Government has been able to conduct a physical hydro-graphic survey to assess the same;
(d) if so, the details thereof;
(e) whether Government has formulated a streamlined water-sharing treaty that elucidates clearly the manner in which other nations would use the river water; and
(f) if so, the details thereof, and if not, the reasons therefor?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)
(a) to (f) The recently released 'Outline of the 12th Five Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development of the People's Republic of China' indicates that three more hydropower projects on the main stream of the Brahmaputra River in Tibet Autonomous Region have been approved for implementation by the Chinese authorities. Government carefully monitors all developments on the Brahmaputra River. As a lower riparian state with considerable established user rights to the waters of the River, India has conveyed its views and concerns to the Chinese authorities, including at the highest levels of the Government of the People's Republic of China. India has urged China to ensure that the interests of downstream States are not harmed by any activities in upstream areas.