GUWAHATI, Oct 2 – A citizens’ meeting held at Jonai Public Auditorium today opposed the plan to build mega dam hydel projects on river Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and resolved to go for massive agitation to frustrate the moves.
The meeting was jointly organized by the Jonai sub-division unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Jonai district unit of the Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK).
It needs mention here that the Arunachal Pradesh Government has signed MoUs with private parties to set up three hydel projects on river Siang. The Lower Siang Hydel Project is proposed to have an installed capacity of generating 2, 700 MW of power.
The Upper Siang Hydel Project is proposed to have an installed capacity to generate 6,000 MW of power and the Middle Siang Hydel Project is proposed to have a generating capacity of 3,000 MW of power, said Dhemaji district unit AASU president Chittaranjan Basumatary, who presided over the meeting along with Muktinath Pegu, president of the Jonai district unit of the TMPK.
Construction work of the Lower Siang project has already started.
Leading citizens from various places of Jonai sub-division and East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh attended the meeting. AASU central committee finance secretary Tularam Gogoi, literary secretary Arnold Taye, voluntary organization River Basin Friend’s Ravindranath, former general secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union Ojing Tasing, principals of various schools and colleges of Jonai sub-division, general secretary of the Siang People’s Forum Syer Gao, among others, spoke at the meeting.
They opposed the Siang hydel projects and called for a series of agitation to frustrate the moves to dam the river for generating power.
The meeting decided to launch a campaign to make the people of both Siang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh and Jonai sub-division of Assam aware of the adverse impacts of mega dam projects, Basumatary said..