NEW DELHI, May 31 – In yet another attempt to tackle the anti-dam agitation raging in the State, Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi has proposed constitution a 10-member international expert team to study the downstream impact of dams in Assam.
The Chief Minister announced the government’s decision at a workshop on ‘Piano Key Weir for In-stream Storage and Dam Safety’ organised by Indian Water Resources Society and Department of Water Resources Development and Management, IIT Roorkee among other organisations.
The Chief Minister said that the main task before the team of international team of experts would be to study the problem of flood and erosion, power generation besides impact of dams. Gogoi also mentioned about the huge network of embankment in the States some of which are over 60 years old.
He also mentioned about the possibility of exploring the use of new technology like the piano key weir. The Chief Minister stressed on the utility of constructing multi-purpose dams with power generation and flood management components.
The Chief Minister proposed that the new expert committee would visit Assam and hold deliberations with all stakeholders including the Expert Group.