ITANAGAR, Dec 2 – Three Adi organisations in Arunachal Pradesh said they would not allow Jaypee Arunachal Power Limited to execute a hydro electric project on Siang river in the State, fearing that it would lead to the extinction of the community.
Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), Siang Peoples’ Forum (SPF) and Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) were opposed to the construction of a dam for the project saying it would affect 6,708 Adi households with a population of 34,911.
The Rs 13,000-crore Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project is likely to affect more than 50 villages in Upper East and West Siang districts inhabited by the Adi community.
“No dams on river Siang shall ever come up at the cost of our extinction and we pledge that we shall fight for our pride, honour and survival,” SPF chairman Ojing Tasing said.
The organisations were also apprehensive that 15,000 odd migrant labourers to be engaged by the company would jeopardise existence of tribal population in these districts with only 54 per cent indigenous population. – PTI