Three dam projects have been cleared by China on the Brahmaputra mainstream in Tibet, Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat said here on Monday.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Rawat said India had conveyed its views to China and had urged it to ensure that the interests of downstream States were not harmed by any activity in the upstream area.
According to the recently released ‘Outline of the 12th Five Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China’, there are indications that three dam projects on the mainstream of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet Autonomous Region have been approved for implementation by Chinese authorities, he said.
The Minister said as per information available, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh had written to the External Affairs Minister on October 11, 2010 regarding the Chinese project. This was followed by a letter by the Assam Chief Minister on June 15, 2011 conveying concerns of the people of Assam.
The Bihar Governor too had written to the Prime Minister on February 27, 2012, expressing concern over construction activity by China on the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet.