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Jun 16, 2011 at 02:20pm IST

No problem with China's dam: Krishna to Gogoi

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday dismissed Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's apprehensions over the construction of a dam by China across the Brahmaputra River. Gogoi met External Affairs Minister SM Krishna in New Delhi and sought the Centre's intervention, saying the Chinese project will deny Assam and Arunachal Pradesh their share of Brahmaputra water.

But after the meeting, sources in the government said that Gogoi has been told that there was no cause for worry and that Assam and Arunachal Pradesh must share water instead of fighting over it.

Gogoi said that the Chinese dam will not adversely affect Brahmaputra's flow into India.

"We discussed the reported diversion of water by China. Krishna explained that there is a concern but he also said there will be no impact on Assam's share of water. I am convinced Chinese dam construction will not have any impact, neither ecological, nor on river flow. I am convinced it's a run of the river project," said Gogoi.

Krishna said that the Centre was monitoring China's move to construct a dam on the Brahmaputra.

"I explained to the Chief Minister that we understand Assam's anxiety on this issue. I would reiterate we have been monitoring developments through satellite imagery and in our interaction with Chinese authorities. China says it is a run of the river project, so there is no question of storage or diversion of water doesn't arise. We have made our own verifications," said the External Affairs Minister.

Earlier, a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said 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," the Ministry of External Affairs statement 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.

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

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