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China Plans World's Longest Tunnel to Turn Desert Into California

China's economic growth edges down in latest quarter China Plans World's Longest Tunnel to Turn Desert Into California
Bennie Garza | 01 Ноября, 2017, 03:29

Yunnan is a mostly mountainous region central to some of the country's most ambitious infrastructure projects, including the country's longest railway tunnel for which Chinese engineers built the country's first homemade tunnel-boring machine in August. On the other hand, the 85-kilometre-long Dahuofang water project in the Liaoning province is presently said to be the longest tunnel in China.

It appears so that the China govt is building a 1000 km long tunnel to divert waters of mighty Brahmaputra river in north east region.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, the recommendation from the scientists is simple - drain the Tsangpo in Tibet Autonomous Region and tunnel it to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which lies in the rain-shadow area of the Tibet plateau. Beijing's swift denial comes after Indian news media picked up on the report published by the South China Morning Post, a popular English daily based in Hong Kong. China had assured India in 2010 that it would not build large storage dams that could pose serious risks to India's Northeast, and merely focus on constructing run-of-the-river dams for generating hydroelectricity.

The proposal also includes the suggestion of building an artificial island in the middle of the river to create rapid turbulence. "The well could control the amount of water flowing into the tunnel", the report said.

According to researchers, the tunnel is estimated to carry 10 billion to 15 billion tonnes of water from the Yarlung Tsangpo river to the Taklimakan desert each year. He was part of the team which was led by China's top tunnelling expert, Wang Mengshu. "In five to 10 years from now, the technology will be ready and the cost affordable, and the temptation of the benefits will be hard to resist", Zhang Chuanqing, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics in Wuhan, told the SCMP.

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