Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Last year the Chinese dam project has worried India as stated in the Hindustan Times. But what is the
point of worrying when you do not do anything about it? India knows everything about what was
going on, on the roof of the world, but she thinks that she has tolerance to wait and see what will
happen up there, in Tibet. Tibet is not very far away from India, they have no time to wait if they
would like to prevent an environmental catastrophe in India and neighboring countries, including
China. India had better hurry up and act soon, otherwise after a few years it will be too late.
I knew already about dam building projects and mining procedures many years ago when our
organization lead a delegation to China and Tibet and discussed issues concerning the sensitivity of
the environment. But no one listened to our appeals about the question of mining and building
dams on the roof of the world. We care for the Chinese and Indians and neighboring countries of
Tibet. Because we know that climate changes are connected with dam buildings, mining and cutting
down forests, etc. we had discussions on environment issues with the Minister of Environment in
Beijing. They were very aware about it and were ready to do what they can, but since money is
involved we were blinded my short time profit rather than a long time gain. Of course it is healthy to
see that some hydropower stations are needed, but you cannot be so greedy that you control a
whole eco system that was there from the beginning and switch to an artificial system that is against
the laws of nature. Sooner or later nature will hit us back hard if do not be careful with the various
elements up on the roof of the world. If the roof leaks then whole countries, people, nature, animals
and neighboring countries will suffer immensely. This will be such a painful nightmare… and we will
not be able to repair it back to normal.
“GREEN EXPERTS UNSURE OF ZANGMU´S IMPACT BY RAHUL KARMAKAR”
“GUWAHATI: Experts are not sure how a series of Chinese mega dams on Yarlung Zangbo –
which flows into Arunachal Pradesh as Siang and meets two others to become Brahmaputra
in Assam – would impact the Northeast.”
Arunachal Pradesh had in 2001 experienced unprecedented devastation after an artificial dam on
on the river, presumably created by landslides beyond the border in Tibet, gave way.
Reports from Beijing on the commissioning of the 540 MW Zangmu dam have rekindled the fears.
“China says Zangmu is run – of –the river, a type of dam that technically has a limited impact area.
The extent of downstream damage can be gauged from certain parameters such as dam height and
how far it is from the border. One dam might not be dangerous but the real threat would be after all
the dams start operation and release excess water simultaneously”, Partha Jyoti Das, Guwahati-
based water resource specialist, said.
The whole of Tibet is like a natural water dam and it has never been transformed into artificial dams
until today. Therefore, must we not now be extremely cautious with whatever future plans that
we might have concerning this? Rivers in Tibet belong to all the countries in Asia that coexist with
China; India, Bhutan and Nepal, etc. Therefore China and India must have a meeting with all the
countries in Asia to settle the usage of rivers of the Himalaya.