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China refuses to resume Brahmaputra data sharing suspended over Doklam row

China, however, said it is ready to "keep communication" with India to reopen the Nathu La pass in Sikkim for the Indian pilgrims visiting Kailash and Manasarovar in Tibet

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Doklam issue

on Tuesday said that it cannot share with the hydrological data of the river for the time being as the data collection station in is being upgraded.

China, however, said it is ready to "keep communication" with to reopen the pass in for the Indian pilgrims visiting and Manasarovar in Tibet, which it had suspended in mid June over the

"For long time we have conducted cooperation on the river data with the Indian side. But to upgrade and renovate the relevant station in the Chinese side, we do not have the conditions now to collect the relevant statistics of the river," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here.

Asked when will provide the data, which was reportedly suspended due to the Doklam standoff, he said, "We will later consider that."

Asked whether has been informed about not sharing of the hydrological data, he said according to his information the Indian side is aware of it.

On August 18, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar had said there is an existing expert-level mechanism, established in 2006, and there are two MoUs under which is expected to share hydrological data on rivers Sutlej and with during the flood season of May 15 to June 15.

"For this year, we have not received hydrological data from the Chinese side," Kumar had said.

The data share by upper riparian state, China, to lower riparian states, and Bangladesh is essential every monsoon to allow anticipation of the flow of the water and take necessary measures to deal with flooding in India's northeastern states.

On the reopening of the Pass for the Indian pilgrims visiting and Manasarovar in which was suspended over the Doklam standoff, Geng said is ready to "keep communication" with the

"For a long has made efforts against all odds to provide necessary convenience to the Indian pilgrims. According to the agreement reached between the two leaders and based on the fact that the western section of the India-boundary has been recognised by the two sides, opened the pass to the Indian pilgrims," he said, replying to a question when will open the route to the Indian pilgrims as the has been resolved.

The foreign ministry spokesman said the opening of the pass was suspended as the Indian troops "illegally crossed the border leading to the tensions at the border".

"The Indian troops illegally crossed the border leading to the tensions at the border. So the opening of the pass was suspended," he said.

"So stands ready to keep communication with the Indian side in regard to the opening of the pass and other issues relating to the pilgrims," he said.

The route to Mansarovar was opened in 2015, enabling pilgrims to travel the 1500-km long route from to by buses.

The Yatra was being organised by External Affairs Ministry since 1981 through Lipu Pass in Himalays connecting the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in with the old trading town of Taklakot in

First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 15:30 IST