Nov. 24 (ChinaDialogue/by Joydeep Gupta): China’s dam projects have long been a source of controversy. Critics say they cause huge environmental problems and do little to control floods, while millions of people are displaced.
The Tibet Online version of the People’s Daily reported that construction of the Zangmu power station started on Nov. 12. The project, expected to cost nearly 7.9 billion yuan (US$1.2 billion), is a key project for Tibet in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan.
India is worried, particularly about one part of the Xinhua report, which said the project “can also be used for flood control and irrigation”. This would require diversion and storage of water, experts have pointed out.