Beijing, October 30: China’s top scientists backed by the Communist Party are working on a plan to divert the Brahmaputra river water through a 1,000-km long tunnel to its dry Xinjiang region.
The river also known as the Yarlung Tsangpo flows into India through Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang before becoming the Brahmaputra in Assam. The Brahmaputra river us the source of livelihood for millions in the northeast region.
The 1,000-km long tunnel, one of the biggest in the world, is in the blueprint stage and the project details have been submitted to the government in March, reports say. Experts believe that the construction of tunnel could trigger a serious water crisis in India’s northeastern states.
Chinese engineers have already started “testing techniques” that could be used to build the 1,000-km tunnel to carry water from Tibet to the Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang.
The planned project is huge even by China’s standards. The country’s longest tunnel is the 85-km Dahuofang water project in Liaoning province, while the world’s longest tunnel is the 13-km water supply pipe beneath New York.
The proposed tunnel will drop from the world’s highest plateau, its multiple sections connected by waterfalls.
Wang Menshu, China’s top tunnelling expert, suggested that the government drain the Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra) at Sangri county in southern Tibet, near the disputed border with India.
In China, politicians and scientists are aware that India and Bangladesh would protest against the project but are ready to implement it anyway.
Between the Indus, there are six major rivers flowing from Tibet to India. These rivers are crucial for India’s agricultural and industrial needs.
China has been planning to build 32 dams on the rivers and tributaries raising concerns among people in lower riparian states.