China has begun to make plans to develop a 1000 Km tunnel that is going to divert the flow of Brahmaputra river, that flows in from Tibet and goes down in India, replenishing the Northeast sections and states of the country, to its own Xinjiang region, which suffers from lack of water. If this plan is indeed put into motion, it’ll be the the world’s largest tunnel. Though, this would complicate matters for Indian states that get their resources from the river and it is possible that they could suffer from droughts as a consequence of the diversion. The Chinese name for Brahmaputra is Yarlung Tsangpo.
Observes and experts have suggested that the diversion could cause a hold-up of water, which, when released all of a sudden and once, could cause major flooding in the areas and could affect productivity in the regions.
The plans made by the engineers have yet to be approved by the higher Chinese authorities, but they detail the diversion from Tibet to Taklamakan desert region in Xinjiang.
China had previously assured India that it won’t be making any dams in the Tibet region to disrupt the level of the river. It had stated that it would be building a dam for hydroelectricity purposes, so this new development is certainly at odd with the agreement.