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House seeks solution to Subansiri Dam issue
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, March 9 - The Assam Assembly today reached a consensus for an early resolution to the issue of Lower Subansiri Hydro Electricity Project taking the people of Assam into confidence and addressing all the concerns associated with the 2,000 MW power project.

The issue of Lower Subansiri project was raised in the Assembly today by BJP’s Debananda Hazarika initiating a discussion on a matter of public importance. Taking part in the discussion, members of all the political parties unanimously stated that Assam was a power-deficit State and to attain self-sufficiency, a go-ahead was needed for the LSHEP.

Declaring a consensus of the House on the issue, Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami stated that even if the matter was a sensitive one, it involved greater public interest and needed an early solution.

“Without power, industrialisation and growth of the State is not possible. However, the concerns raised by various segments, and apprehensions in the minds of people regarding the safety of the dam, impact on the downstream people must also be thoroughly addressed to reach a mutual agreement along with ensuring adequate free power supply to the State,” the Speaker said. He further said that the government can move a resolution regarding this in the House on a later date.

Minister of State for Power Pallab Lochan Das, while presenting the government’s side, said that 56 per cent work of the NHPC project was complete and the recommendations of the expert committee regarding dam safety were also incorporated in the project.

“Since we do not have any water-sharing treaty with neighbouring China, in the wake of any dispute, it is the claim on usage of water by both India and China that will count. With the Lower Subansiri project, the State can have adequate power to cater to the upcoming projects,” he said.

The Minister further stated that the State Government is in touch with the Union Power Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase its share of free power from the 533 MW power allocated to Assam.

Earlier, raising the issue, Debananda Hazarika said that to ensure safety, all the recommendations of expert committees were incorporated from time to time, including increasing the span of the dam, making it flood and earthquake-resistant.

Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia also advocated an early resolution of the issue so that the power deficit is met, maintaining the ecological balance.

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