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China gives permission for downstream dams on Brahmaputra river

Date: 09 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • China has given its nod for the first downstream dams to be built on the lower reaches of Brahmaputra River or Yarlung Zangbo River.
  • A draft of China's new Five-Year Plan talks about building hydropower bases on the lower reaches of the Brahmaputra river as among the priority energy projects to be undertaken in the next five years.
  • The new five-year-plan also suggests that multiple long-pending proposals from Chinese hydropower companies to build dams on the lower reaches including near the India-China border may be given the nod.