China planning underwater tunnel; may affect Brahmaputra’s flow in Assam, Arunachal and Bangladesh

  • China planning underwater tunnel; may affect Brahmaputra’s flow in Assam, Arunachal and Bangladesh
31-10-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

According to massive revelation by one of China’s major leading daily, ‘South China Morning Post’, the country is planning a underwater tunnel through the heart of Brahmaputra river to divert enough water to nourish its Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang.

The report suggests that China has already geared up for the construction of a 1000 km long underwater tunnel to extract large amount of water from the land of Arunachal Pradesh. This is a alarming sign for the people of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Bangladesh as this step by China may turn these states into barren land as they are heavily dependent on the river water.

The researchers estimated the tunnel would be able to carry 10 billion to 15 billion tonnes of water from the Yarlung Tsangpo River to the Taklimakan Desert each year. That’s about a quarter of the annual flow of the Yellow River, the second longest river in China and the cradle of Chinese civilisation.

Researchers said building the Yunnan tunnel would be a “rehearsal” of the new technology, engineering methods and equipment needed for the Tibet-Xinjiang tunnel, which would divert the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet to the Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang. Downstream, in India, the river becomes the Brahmaputra, which joins the Ganges in Bangladesh.

The team he was part of was led by China’s top tunnelling expert, Wang Mengshu. It suggested the government drain the Yarlung Tsangpo River at Sangri county in southern Tibet, near the disputed border with India.

Tags : China India Brahmaputra river Assam Taklimakan Desert Tibet-Xinjiang tunnel


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