China operationalizes Zam Hydropower Station on Brahmaputra [ Current Affairs ]
Features: China has operationalized the Zam Hydropower Station built on Brahmaputra River which has raised anxieties in India. The dam is considered to be the world’s highest - altitude hydropower station.
- It produces 2.5 billion kilowatt - hours of electricity annually.
- The power station is located in the Gyaca County of Tibet and is said to be the the largest in the region.
- It has six stations to bind the rich water resources of Brahmaputra River which is known as Yarlung Zangbo River in Tibet.
- It flows through Tibet into India and later into Bangladesh.
- The Zam Hydropower Station has been built at a cost of $1.5 billion (approximately Rs. 9764 crores).
- The dams raised concerns in India over China’s ability to discharge water in times of conflict which could pose severe risk of flooding.
- If the waters are diverted, then projects on the Brahmaputra, the Upper Siang and Lower Suhansri projects in Arunachal Pradesh, may get affected.
- Published on: October 14, 2015