India, China discuss trans-border rivers

Hangzhou, [China] Mar 28 : India and China have agreed to share hydrological information for managing their trans-border rivers in times of emergency as top Water Resource officials of the two countries wrapped up two-day talks.

The 11th meeting of the India-China Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on Trans-Border Rivers concluded on March 27 in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

Both sides reviewed the progress made in regard to data sharing since the earlier meetings of the ELM.

It also included a review of the data utilization report in regard to the hydrological information provided by China to India during the flood season on Brahmaputra and Sutlej Rivers.

The meeting comes at a time when former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of China building dam on the Brahmaputra River.

Earlier in the day, while interacting with the media, the former minister said that the artificial rainwater harvesting plan of China will create even more danger for the North-eastern region.

In December last year, the water of the Brahmaputra river in Assam and Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh had turned contaminated and muddy.

The contaminated water caused concern among people and authorities of the states, as they suspected dam building activities by China.

The governments of both the states were suspecting that dam building activities in China could be a reason for the pollution.

The Yarlung Tsangpo river, which flows from Tibetan plateau, enters India and continues to flow through Arunachal Pradesh as Siang river and then Brahmaputra river in Assam.

(ANI)

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