China is building a weather modification system, this report has surfaced on Monday and panicked the government of Assam, India. This system will bring indeed more rain to the plateaus of Tibet from the source of river Brahmaputra. The report is a panic alarm as with the development of weather modification system, the fear of more terrible floods in the downstream areas of the riparian state has been triggered.
Even before this weather modification system, Brahmaputra river and its tributaries cause a heavy flood in the areas of Assam and it kills hundreds of people in the area, destroys properties, and agriculture lands. With the coming of this system, it will create a more devastating scenario in the state.
On Wednesday, Himan Biswa Sarma, the State Finance Minister said Assam and Arunachal Pradesh’s riparian state are already suffering due to China’s mindless interference with natural ecosystem especially in the plateau of Tibet.
Sarma added, “Now, reports of this new system have come as a shocker. China is already giving us so much trouble and we are witnessing floods every year. If this new system is introduced, there will surely be huge ramifications. I will request the MHA to look into the matter and coordinate with Chinese authorities. The Centre should ask China not to interfere with the natural ecosystem in the Tibetan plateau.”
Also, as per the report published in the ‘South China Morning Post’ on Monday stated, “The system, which involves an enormous network of fuel-burning chambers installed high up on the Tibetan mountains, could increase rainfall in the region by up to 10 billion cubic metres a year – about 7% of China’s total water consumption.”
This weather modification system is considered as the biggest project of such type. The report stated that tens of thousands of chambers would be built across the plateau of Tibet which will produce rainfall over an area of about 1.6 million sq km (three times the size of Spain).
China after Dokalam stand-off had stopped sharing hydrological data of the river Brahmaputra with the nation. To get an advance warning for the incoming wave of floods from China is no way possible.
However, China is now agreed to resume the data sharing with India after deliberations at the 11th meeting of the India-China Expert Level Mechanism on trans-border rivers. The meeting was held in Hangzhou in China.
The State Finance Minister had raised the issue over China stopping the sharing of hydrological data of the Brahmaputra with India, “At some point, the Centre will have to approach the UN or an international agency for a joint inspection of the kind of interference by China. You never know what more the Chinese are doing or have already done.”