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BJP MP opposes dams on Brahmaputra

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 11 - Even as the Centre is yet to make its stand clear on construction of big dams in the upper reaches of Brahmaputra River in Arunachal Pradesh, a senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Dr Murli Manohar Joshi gave a thumbs down to such projects cautioning of grave consequences.

Dr Joshi, who is the Chairperson of the Committee on Estimates, briefing newsmen on the 15th Report on �Ganga Rejuvenation� pertaining to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, said that the Government should think of the future.

Replying to questions about construction of big dams, Dr Joshi said that such dams would indeed help in generation of power, but there will be scarcity of water downstream. Water will become scarce affecting agricultural activities, he warned. The MP was referring to the experience of construction of dams in the upper reaches of Ganges. Big dams constructed in the upstream of Ganga have led to scarcity of water downstream, he said.

The views expressed by Dr Joshi is significant because of the ongoing move to construct such dams in the upper reaches of Brahmaputra. Asked about the river-linking project, he said that such a move could be beneficial for States like Rajasthan but it is a tall order to inter-link Brahmaputra.

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BJP MP opposes dams on Brahmaputra

NEW DELHI, May 11 - Even as the Centre is yet to make its stand clear on construction of big dams in the upper reaches of Brahmaputra River in Arunachal Pradesh, a senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Dr Murli Manohar Joshi gave a thumbs down to such projects cautioning of grave consequences.

Dr Joshi, who is the Chairperson of the Committee on Estimates, briefing newsmen on the 15th Report on �Ganga Rejuvenation� pertaining to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, said that the Government should think of the future.

Replying to questions about construction of big dams, Dr Joshi said that such dams would indeed help in generation of power, but there will be scarcity of water downstream. Water will become scarce affecting agricultural activities, he warned. The MP was referring to the experience of construction of dams in the upper reaches of Ganges. Big dams constructed in the upstream of Ganga have led to scarcity of water downstream, he said.

The views expressed by Dr Joshi is significant because of the ongoing move to construct such dams in the upper reaches of Brahmaputra. Asked about the river-linking project, he said that such a move could be beneficial for States like Rajasthan but it is a tall order to inter-link Brahmaputra.

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