GUWAHATI, May 5 – Peasant organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today organised a squatting programme for an indefinite period at the Pandughat here in protest against the anchoring of the three barges carrying the nine turbines meant for the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) there. Members of several organisations including the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chattra Parishad (AJYCP) and the Mising Mimag Kebang (MMK) and a number of Guwahatians are taking part in the agitation programme.
The barges anchored there around 7.45 am today as a sequel to the failure of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), which is executing the LSHEP, to unload the turbines at Bishwanathghat in Sonitpur district on May 2 in the face of resistance from the people.
The KMSS, through an application to the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro), demanded of the State Government expulsion of the three barges with the nine turbines from the State. It also warned of agitational programme until the barges are driven out of the State’s boundary.
The gathering of the agitating people was addressed by AJYCP general secretary Manoj Barua, president of Mising Mimag Kebang Dr Ranoj Pegu, Dr Akhil Ranjan Dutta of the Gauhati University Political Science department and KMSS president Raju Bora, working president Pabitrabrata Daimary and adviser Madhuram Gogoi, besides KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi.
The speakers called for a resolute fight to prevent movement of all materials meant for the execution of the LSHEP through the State.
KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi said that from tomorrow onwards the NHPC and the transport company ABC would also be targeted and if the authorities fail to expel the barges from the State by Friday, the resistance programme would be spread to the other areas of the State.
The speakers also made an appeal to the people of the State to join the agitation in the greater interest of the State. Or else, they warned, flood and erosion would become irrevocable for the State.