India must have water sharing agreement with China: Defence experts
ANI | Updated: Oct 31, 2017 16:09 IST
Defence expert Uday Bhaskar said that Chinese efforts clearly violate international norms.
Talking to ANI, defence expert Uday Bhaskar said, "It's a very disturbing report that now China wants to embark on world's so called longest tunnel and divert water from Brahmaputra. India, China and Bangladesh don't have a joint treaty for the management of Brahmaputra, except the international norms that say if you are an upper riparian then you have to be very cognizant of the water sharing and how any project would affect lower riparian, in this case- India and Bangladesh. In the past, China has said that they are only doing permissible projects, but diverting water into a 1000 km tunnel is really a different project," Bhaskar said.
He further added that India along with Bangladesh will have to examine the degree to which this is not in compliance with either law or practice.
"Some experts have suggested that this could heighten the possibility of an earthquake."
"China has been diverting waters to River Brahmaputra for their hydro electric projects. Unfortunately, India and China don't have a river water sharing agreement. It will not only affect India but Bangladesh besides other north eastern states. Water is going to be a very important resource in the future. This matter should be brought to the notice of the world bodies as the sufferers are going to be the common man. We need to have a comprehensive river water sharing agreement with China," Mahalingam said.