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Gogoi to discuss Brahmaputra issue with Krishna

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Jun 16, 2011 at 12:26pm IST

New Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has sought the Centre's intervention on a controversial Chinese plan to dam the Brahmaputra river. Gogoi will meet External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to express his concern over the project, which he fears will deny Assam and Arunachal Pradesh their share of the river's waters.

"It is not a new issue. I had taken up the issue with the Prime Minister and Water Resources Minister earlier also. Chinese side had said that it will not affect downstream areas of Assam. But situation keep changing and we have to be careful," Gogoi said.

"The Prime Minister has also expressed his concern about this. He has assured all cooperation on this. He has emphasized on the statement that had been given forth by the External Affairs Minister that it would not affect us," he added.

The Indian government says the proposed dam is no cause for concern.

"It is a fact that China is constructing a dam at Zangmu in the middle reaches of the Brahmaputra river. We have ascertained from our own sources that this is a run of the river hydro-electric project, which does not store water and will not adversely impact the downstream areas in India," a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said.

China has also indicated it will not divert the waters of the Brahmaputra, saying it would take into "full consideration" the interests of downstream countries in taking forward any development projects on the river.

Krishna on Monday had said his Ministry was seeking more details from China on these reports.

The Brahmaputra, which enters India from Tibet, is considered the lifeline of Assam.

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