January 29, 2020, 2:54

Changing River Water Color Deepens India’s Fear of Possible Diversion by China

Changing River Water Color Deepens India’s Fear of Possible Diversion by China

Although China has denied having any immediate plans to divert the flow of Yarlung Tsangpo, the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh has alleged that the trans-border river (Known by the name Siang in India) has turned black due to boring of a diversion tunnel by China.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — Considered a lifeline by a large section of the population in India’s frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, the water of the trans-border River Siang has turned muddy and black with slag. Local authorities fear that the slag that has contaminated the otherwise crystal clear water of the river could be the byproduct of a massive project said to be undertaken by China that includes boring a 1000-kilometer deep tunnel to divert the river from Tibet to Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang.

The Siang flows for 1,600 kilometers through southern Tibet as the Yarlung Tsangpo before entering into the East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh in India.

“Though there has been no official confirmation by the Chinese government, the reality is far from secret. The water level of River Siang jas remarkably decreased, become muddy and not fit for aquatic life,” Ninong Ering, member of the Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh told Sputnik.

Ninong Ering has confirmed to Sputnik that he has written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to take up the issue as a priority. “The matter is too sensitive,” he said.

“Delay would allow China to tap this water resource and prompt major conflict in Siang belt and Assam in particular and the nation as a whole,” Ering added.

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Earlier on October 31, the Chinese foreign ministry had termed ‘untrue’ a report in the South China Morning Post which said that Chinese engineers had proposed building a tunnel to divert water from the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Tibet to Xinjiang.

Source: sputniknews.com

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