GUWAHATI, Oct 12 – Intellectuals, litterateurs and journalists including Dr Hiren Gohain and Mamoni Raisom Goswami today appealed to the Prime Minister to review the decision on mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh with enormous downstream impact on Assam.
These prominent citizens while assuring that they were not against development, maintained that projects that will seriously undermine the security and livelihood of lakhs of indigenous people in Assam and turn out to be environmentally not sustainable should not be approved by a democratic government.
Drawing the attention of the Prime Minister to the flash floods havoc in 2008 caused by a small dam constructed by NEEPCO, the leading citizens expressed the apprehension that the destructive impact of the Lower Subansiri dam is likely to be much more extensive and serious.
Pointing out that construction on the project was started with the most perfunctory environmental impact assessment confined to 10-km area from the site of the dam, the citizens also reminded that viability of the dam from a seismological aspect was decided on the basis of a report prepared by the Brahmaputra Board way back in 1983 when proper geological study of the region with latest technology had barely commenced.
It needs to be mentioned here that the rejection of the expert committee report by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), the agency in charge of the project, had led to widespread resentment with almost all the student organizations here criticizing the stand of NHPC.