Centre Plans Second Largest Dam in Arunachal Pradesh to counter China

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India and China relations have deteriorated after troops clashed along the Himalayan border, killing 20 Indian soldiers in June 2020.
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A representative image. Photo courtesy: Financial Express
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Guwahati: The Centre has planned to construct the country’s second-largest dam at Yingkiong in Arunachal Pradesh to counter China’s ambitious water diversion scheme of the river that feeds downstream into the Brahmaputra.

The proposed dam in the upper reaches of Arunachal will be able to store around 10 billion cu. m (BCM) of water, Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said. By storage, the Indira Sagar dam is the largest in India at 12.2 BCM.

The proposed dam was expected to involve an investment of around Rs 50,000 crore and would be a part of the proposed Upper Siang multi-purpose storage project which would also generate hydropower.

In its 14th five year plan, China has proposed building a massive dam over the Brahmaputra River, known in China as the Yarlung Tsangpo. The proposal has triggered serious concerns in India because of the strategic ramifications.

India and China relations have deteriorated after troops clashed along the Himalayan border, killing 20 Indian soldiers in June 2020.

As per Indian planners, precipitation in China contributes only 7% to the flow of three tributaries of the Brahmaputra—Subansiri, Siang and Lohit—that originate in China.

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