Massive water diversion project nears completion in China

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  1. Vishwarupa

    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

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    The Hindu : News / International : Massive water diversion project nears completion in China

    Project will bring waters from the Yangtze river to the Yellow river

    China's ambitious $80-billion project to divert waters of southern rivers to the arid north is nearing completion and will begin supplying water next year, officials have said.

    The project's eastern and central routes, which will bring waters from the Yangtze river to the Yellow river, will be fully constructed in the next two years, planners told a review of the project conducted over the weekend in eastern Shandong province.

    Reports of the meeting were silent about long-pending proposals for a controversial western route, which has so far been stalled over environmental and technical concerns. The western route includes a plan to divert the Brahmaputra's waters to northern China.

    The south-to-north water diversion plan is one of the most ambitious construction projects embarked on by Chinese engineers, estimated to cost more than 500 billion yuan (around $80 billion). It envisages diverting 44.8 billion cubic metres of water every year from Yangtze by 2050. The water-deprived and drought-affected north, home to 35 per cent of the population, has only seven per cent of the country's water resources.

    Time frame

    The project will be partially completed this year and “will start supplying water in 2013”, water conservancy officials at Saturday's meeting were quoted as saying by the State-run Xinhua news agency.

    Sun Yifu, deputy water resources chief in Shandong, through which much of the eastern route runs, said the entire route would become operational in the first half of 2013, with 18 water supply units coming online next year and 23 others before 2015.

    Construction of the eastern route began in 2002, when the whole project was given approval after decades of planning. The project was first proposed in the 1950s and backed by Mao Zedong. The central route began to be built the following year. It will be completed in 2014. Officials said last year more than 440,000 people would be relocated for the eastern and central routes, bringing criticism of project's costs. Around 100,000 people will be displaced every year until 2014. The project has also been delayed by a number of environmental problems.

    Construction has not yet begun on the western route, which plans to divert water from the upper reaches of the Yangtze as well as a number of rivers on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, including the Brahmaputra and Mekong.

    This plan has triggered concern among many of China's neighbours, including India, which lie downstream of these rivers and depend on their waters. Of the western route, the Xinhua report of Saturday's meeting only said construction had not begun. It, however, remains unclear whether the central government has given the green light to any of the proposed diversions, amid environmental concerns of the project's impact on the ecologically sensitive Tibetan plateau.

    Chinese officials have recently ruled out diverting the Brahmaputra, or Yarlung Tsangpo as it is known in Tibet. In October, Jiao Yong, Vice Minister of Water Resources, said China had no plans to divert the river considering “technical difficulties, environmental impacts and state relations”.

    The central government has, however, come under increasing pressure from hydropower lobby groups to allow the construction of run-of-the-river power generation projects on the middle and upper reaches, with proposals from hydropower companies for as many as 27 dams, including a massive 38-gigawatt plant on the river's “Great Bend”, where it begins its course towards India.
     
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  3. Godless-Kafir

    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    As long as they dont touch Brahmaputra its ok.
     
  4. no smoking

    no smoking Senior Member Senior Member

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    Well, it seems that we have the plan for it, just wait.
     
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    China's South-North Water Diversion project is designed to divert water from the water-rich south to the dry north.

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    The dark openings of two pipelines beneath the Yellow River in Henan Province, like eyes on a flat face of dirt and rock, are unblinking witnesses to the South-North Water Transfer Project. China has completed a critically important tunnel beneath the Yellow River for the construction of the eastern line of the giant South-North Water Transfer Project, which will supply thirsty cities and industries in the country’s north.

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    The $US 97 million tunnel is the latest chapter in this landmark national infrastructure project
    — known as the South-North Water Transfer Project — which plans to eventually divert
    44.8 billion cubic meters (11.8 trillion gallons) of water annually from the Yangtze through
    eastern, central, and western routes to relieve acute water shortages in northern China
    by 2050.
     
  6. mylegend

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    I have always been skeptic of this project, southern water is not infinite too. Cities in the north like Beijing really should think of way to save water before tapping for more water in the south. Put it this way, I do not see alot of tree or green in northern city like Beijing. We need to improve and protect our environment for the future. The drought last year in the south also suggest that southern water is not infinite.
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Any diversion of Bhramaputra will effect Bangladesh more than India.
     
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    What's this? Fiddling with mother nature!
     
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    All those big cities, including Beijing, are coastal cities. What was the reasoning to go for these massive river diversion projects, instead of desalination projects? Wouldnt desalination plants be cheaper and environment friendly?
     
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    Come on everything we humans do is fiddling with nature. What is natural about the concept of a city or industry? Should we all abandon urban areas and go back to hunter-gather lifestyle?
     
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    how do you think our river ganga came on earth??
    i hope you dont really think it came from bholenath's hair :D
    bhagiratha was the engineer behind bringing ganga to earth from himalayas...
     
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    Mother Nature has already ensured that evil Chinese cannot succeed

    Diverting the Brahmaputra is technically IMPOSSIBLE
     
  13. pankaj nema

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    Brahmaputra river MAKES a very STEEP Slope and falls some 2000 metres as it curves to the right
    and enters India

    This aspect has made the diversion of Brahmaputra technically unviable
     
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    Poor Bangladeshis...they are gonna be destroyed because of the divertion of Brahmaputra

    Poor India...more illegal Bangladeshi migrants because of that.
     
  15. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    For diverting Brahmaputra China will have to literally go nuclear and use powerful explosions
    to turn the course of the river MUCH before it slopes down and turns to the right
     
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    Read the article first before posting, it was not Brahmaputra that was diverted but Yangtse. Bangladesis will not be affected.
     
  17. pankaj nema

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    Actually Arunachal Pradesh is very rich in terms of having many small rivers who all merge and enter into
    Brahmaputra

    The Original Brahmaputra which enters from Tibet is a much narrow river
    When all these rivers from Arunachal merge with Brahmaputra ; that is when the river becomes HUGE

    And THIS HAPPENS when the river the plains of ASSAM
     
  18. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    The Chinese must be tearing their hair that Why did they LEAVE Arunachal in 1962

    Because if China wants to deprive us of the river Brahmaputra then the ONLY option
    is to CONQUER Arunachal
     
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    well, Many Chinese donot know that. please share detail
     
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    Check google... the main drain and the beneficieries are bangladeshi's
     
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    We can reduce the propotional amount from BD share and blame it on China... the area of north east has enough rains to sustain the needs of that area and for the river of that area.
     

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