GUWAHATI, July 20 - With the Cabinet giving its nod to the Dibang Hydropower Project in Arunachal Pradesh, the organisations protesting against construction of mega dams in the region have expressed their concern and resentment over the recent developments.
Registering its strong protest against the Centre’s move, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) has asked the Union government to make public all the technical sides of the hydropower project, which they say would have adverse impact on the downstream people.
The youth body, which has been strongly opposing the Lower Subansiri Hydro-electricity Project (LSHEP) and all other mega dams in the region, said that the recent development regarding the Dibang hydropower project is an utter violation of the decision of the tripartite talk held over the issue of mega dam in 2016.
“The anti-mega dam organisations were assured by the Centre that before starting the project, all the technical aspects of the projects would be made public and special emphasis would be given on the report prepared by the expert committee,” said AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai.
The organisation further stated that the mega dam projects would prove devastating for the downstream people, the biodiversity and the entire ecological balance.
“Further, totally neglecting the seismic effect associated with such projects would cost the entire region dearly,” the youth body stated.
It further expressed apprehensions that the Centre’s plan to control the floods through the Dibang project would eventually fizzle out.
“Despite 70 per cent of its work being completed, the failure of the LSHEP to control the floodwaters was for all to see during the recent downpour. How can we rest assured about the efficacy of the Dibang project to control the floods? Further, the people of Assam are yet to know how they would benefited through this mega project,” the organisation stated.
The Parishad members stated that though the Dibang project is being promoted as a multipurpose dam, the dam specifications and other technical information are not in public domain.
“If the government does not provide such specific information, including the compensation to be given to the downstream people, the AJYCP would launch a public movement over the issue,” it added.