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CM urges Modi to take up dam issue

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GUWAHATI, Sept 18 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping the issue of construction of dams on the Brahmaputra river by China, said an official press release here this evening.

In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, the Chief Minister said serious concerns have been expressed here on the Chinese bids to construct dams over the Brahmaputra, as it would have adverse impacts on the downstream flows. �It is feared that construction of the dams is likely to trigger fresh concerns on how the flow of the Brahmaputra downstream will be impacted. It would be most appropriate to convey India�s concerns to the visiting Chinese President,� said Gogoi, adding that his Government has been all along raising the issue at the highest level.

The Chief Minister 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 States of the North East Region. �As the visiting Chinese President is expected to pledge billions of dollars in investment, including plans for Chinese-funded industrial parks, we hope to get a fair share of it in infrastructure and other sectors in Assam,� the Chief Minister said.

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CM urges Modi to take up dam issue

GUWAHATI, Sept 18 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping the issue of construction of dams on the Brahmaputra river by China, said an official press release here this evening.

In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, the Chief Minister said serious concerns have been expressed here on the Chinese bids to construct dams over the Brahmaputra, as it would have adverse impacts on the downstream flows. �It is feared that construction of the dams is likely to trigger fresh concerns on how the flow of the Brahmaputra downstream will be impacted. It would be most appropriate to convey India�s concerns to the visiting Chinese President,� said Gogoi, adding that his Government has been all along raising the issue at the highest level.

The Chief Minister 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 States of the North East Region. �As the visiting Chinese President is expected to pledge billions of dollars in investment, including plans for Chinese-funded industrial parks, we hope to get a fair share of it in infrastructure and other sectors in Assam,� the Chief Minister said.