Discuss dams on Brahmaputra with Xi, says Assam CM

Updated - April 20, 2016 05:23 am IST

Published - September 18, 2014 07:27 pm IST - Guwahati:

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of construction of dams on the river Brahmaputra by China with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jingping.

In a letter to Prime Minister, Mr. Gogoi said that there had been serious concerns about the construction of dams by China over the Brahmaputra that would adversely impact downstream flows.

“It is feared that construction of the dams is likely to trigger fresh concerns on how the flows of the Brahmaputra downstream will be impacted. It would be most appropriate to convey India’s concerns to the visiting Chinese President,” wrote Mr. Gogoi adding that his government had all along been raising the issue at the highest level.

Mr. Gogoi also hoped that the visit of the Chinese President would help to deepen trade ties and boost Chinese investment in India, particularly in Assam and other north-eastern States, an official release said.

“As the visiting Chinese President is expected to pledge billions of dollars in investment, including plans for Chinese­funded industrial parks, we hope to get a fair share of it in infrastructure and other sectors in Assam,” he said.

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