China operationalizes Zam Hydropower Station on Brahmaputra [ Current Affairs ]

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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).

Concern:

  • 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