India should push for treaty with China on Brahmaputra: Experts
New Delhi: China has assured India that it is "essentially" engaged in a run-of-the-river project on the Brahmaputra and there is no cause for worry for downstream riparian countries. But with Beijing not keen to share details about its construction work on the river, experts say India should not go by mere verbal assurances and push for a treaty.
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raised concerns about the Brahmaputra, which originates in the Tibetan plateau, during talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Durban last month and asked Beijing for a joint mechanism, he was assured the projects on the Yarlung-Tsangpo are "run of the river".
But Takam Sanjoy, Congress MP from Arunachal Pradesh, says most of the works on the Yarlung-Tsangpo by China are not yet commissioned, and the real impact on the downstream river flow cannot be assessed till then. "They have started lot of projects, but they are not yet commissioned," Sanjoy told IANS.
Choosing his words carefully, the Lok Sabha MP said that with the "political system in India and that in China being varied" and with not much information coming out from Beijing, "if China says it is run-of the river we can believe that, but some suspicions remain as the governance there is not like in India".