Centre allays fears over Chinese dams

Centre allays fears over Chinese dams

 The Centre on Friday allayed apprehensions about the three dams being built by China on the Brahmaputra, saying the projects will not affect India as most of the water in the river comes from Arunachal Pradesh.

“The issue has been taken up by India at the highest level. Our prime minister discussed it with the Chinese president when they met recently,” Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat told reporters.  He maintained that the three dams being constructed by China will not affect India's use of the river.

“Most of the water to the Brahmaputra comes from Arunachal Pradesh and other places,” Rawat said while addressing media to announce the commencement of India Water Week.

Asked about the controversy over the use of huge quantity of water for maintaining the playgrounds for the IPL matches in Maharashtra, Rawat said the issue comes under state jurisdiction.

“We can only advise the states that water is precious and should be used judiciously,” he said.  

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