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'China begins sharing data on Brahmaputra, Sutlej rivers'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

After a year's gap, has resumed sharing hydrological data on the and rivers with India, an of the Resources Ministry said.

For the river, data was shared by from May 15, while it started sharing data for the from June 1.

The move comes after the two sides held talks over the issue in March.

Data will be shared twice daily until October.

Last year, stopped the exercise citing that the hydrological gathering sites were washed away due to floods. It also coincided with the 73-day Doklam stand-off that took place during the peak monsoon period.

The sharing of hydrological data also coincides with the two sides agreeing to resume the annual exercise between their armies. The exercise did not take place last due to the Doklam stand-off.

The originates from and flows into and and later drains into the through

"Sharing hydrological data is very important for generating information on floods for the northeastern states," the said.

has started providing data from three hydrological stations -- Nugesha, Yangcun and Nuxia, lying on the mainstream of the Brahmaputra, also known as Yarlung Zangbo in China -- and from the station at Tsada for the Sutlej, known as Langqen Zangbo, the said.

also pays an annual amount of Rs 1 crore to China for providing data on these two important rivers, the official added.

Interestingly, after the bilateral talks between and Chinese on Saturday, an agreement was signed between and China to share hydrological data for Brahmaputra.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 11:15 IST