NEW DELHI, July 26 - The Centre today said that China has conveyed to India on several occasions that they are only undertaking run-of-the-river hydropower projects, which do not involve diversion of the Brahmaputra river.
�We intend to remain engaged with China on the issue of trans-border rivers to safeguard our interest. Various issues relating to trans-border rivers, including construction of hydropower dams, are discussed with China under the ambit of an institutionalised expert level mechanism which was established in 2006,� Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal said in Lok Sabha.
According to information provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, the government has seen media reports in this regard. The government has also noted that the Chinese foreign ministry in a public statement rejected such media reports as untrue.
As a lower riparian state with considerable established user rights to the waters of the trans-border rivers, the government has consistently conveyed its views and concerns to the Chinese authorities, including at the highest level, and has urged them to ensure that the interests of downstream states are not harmed by any activities in upstream areas.