NEW DELHI, Aug 18 - With Assam facing devastating floods this year, India today said that despite an agreement it has not received any hydrological data on Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers for the current year from China. The hydrological data is used for flood forecast.
Briefing newsmen here, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Raveesh Kumar, however, maintained that it was �premature� to link it with the recent floods in some parts of the country. He said there is an existing expert-level mechanism, established in 2006, and there are two MoUs under which China is expected to share hydrological data on Sutlej and Brahmaputra with India during the flood season from May 15 to October 15.
�This year, to the best of my knowledge, China has not shared any data with us since May,� he said. �For this year, we have not received hydrological data from the Chinese side,� Kumar said, adding, it was, however, �premature� to link it with the Assam floods.
As of today, New Delhi�s main concern is, however, absence of any treaty with China on water sharing. Currently, India and China only have a data sharing arrangement that is used for flood forecast. These data are shared every three months.
The Government of India, under the Memorandum of Understanding on Strengthening Cooperation on Trans-border Rivers with China, signed in October 2013, obtains hydrological data from China on rivers Brahmaputra and Sutlej, Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen (retd) VK Singh had told the Parliament last year.