NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Dec 16 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and several other organisations opposing the construction of the mega dam over river Subansiri in Gerukamukh today blocked vehilces carrying construction materials to the NHPC worksite on the outskirts of North Lakhimpur.
The blockade began at 9 am and more than ten thousand people gathered at Pahumara, some 7 km west of North Lakhimpur off the river Ranganadi. They stopped all the vehicles coming and allowed only private vehicles, public transport and the vehicles of NHPC carrying essential commodities to pass, while forcing the vehicles carrying construction materials to halt on NH-52.
As a result, more than a hundred trucks carrying machinery and other logistics were left stranded. This created a huge convergence of curious onlookers and mediapersons at the Pahumara tiniali here. Normal traffic was also affected considerably as the vehicles had to slow down due to the blockade.
The district administration deployed a large number of police and security personnel on the spot to meet any eventuality. The blockade organisers like KMSS, TMPK, AJYCP and others also held a huge rally on the sands of the river Ranganadi, where their leaders delivered speeches against big dams and the threat they pose in the downstream areas. No untoward incident was reported from the blockade site.