China has constructed Zangmu hydropower facility in Tibet, the largest so far to be built in the region, raising India’s obvious concerns on the regional balance. India has expressed concerns that such upstream dams could disrupt its downstream water supplies.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that India is monitoring the situation and may convey its concerns to Beijing. Mr. Vikas Swarup, in a press statement said that India has taken note of the recently completed U$1.52 billion Zangmu hydropower plant on the Yarlung Zangbo River, the upstream portion of the Brahmaputra River, which is situated around 140 kilometres from the regional capital of Lhasa, Tibet.
Mr. Swarup added that India may provide its list of concerns to the Chinese government. He further said that China had provided crucial hydrological knowledge on the Brahmaputra River to India.
He informed that China has assured India several times that it did not intend to change the course of the river. Zangmu hydropower plant has been built by Gezhouba Group, one of China's biggest state dam builders in Tibet.
The 2,900-km Brahmaputra flows southeast from Tibet through the Himalayas into India’s Arunachal Pradesh before entering Bangladesh and merging with the lower section of the Ganges, when it empties into the Bay of Bengal.