Water Resources

Changing direction

Print edition : January 20, 2017

Guwahati city on the banks of the Brahmaputra. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

A truck loaded with paddy is transported across the Brahmaputra on ferries at Saikhowaghat, about 600 km east of Guwahati. Photo: REUTERS

The Brahmaputra basin, also known as Siang, in Arunachal Pradesh. The dramatic reduction in the slope of the Brahmaputra as it cascades down one of the world’s deepest gorges in the Himalayas before flowing into the Assam plains explains the sudden dissipation of the enormous energy locked in it and the resultant unloading of large amounts of sediments in the valley downstream. Photo: AKHILESH KUMAR

While disputes with China or Bhutan dominate discourse in India on the sharing of the Brahmaputra’s waters, initiatives taken by experts and institutions to continue the dialogue among the four riparian countries for co-management of the river go by and large unnoticed.
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