|Environment clearance for Dibang project|
GUWAHATI, Sept 30 – The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects has accorded environment clearance to the 3000-MW Dibang Multipurpose Project in its 77 th meeting recently under alleged pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Subsequent to the EAC approval to the project, discussion on the project was initiated also at the meeting of the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) held on September 22 and 23, 2014 for the project’s clearance by it.
It has been reported that the Forest Advisory Committee had recommended clearance of the project on September 22.
The minutes of the EAC meeting, now available in public domain, confirm that the EAC has recommended clearance of the Dibang Multipurpose Project without any comprehensive downstream impact assessment and public consultation in Assam. It is feared that the project will have, among others, adverse impacts on the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park of the State.
Significantly, the EAC has approved the clearance basing on the results of some questionable computer-modelling done by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), which stated that there would be no adverse impact of the project on Assam.