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AJYCP, AASU block NHPC materials yet again
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 DHEMAJI, Oct 19 - A tense situation prevailed at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district since this morning as members of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) have started a 3-day blockade of the trucks loaded with NHPC construction materials on Gogamukh-Gerukamukh road.

 Several activists of AJYCP and AASU are staging a blockade at Gogamukh to stop transportation of machinery and construction materials to the ongoing Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project (SLHP) at Gerukamukh. The agitators have decided to stage a three-day blockade along the road to register their protest.

The AJYCP and AASU leaders alleged that the loaded truck with construction material have been moved to the NHPC site by taking advantage of Kati Bihu festivities.

The agitators have said that they are compelled to take to the streets against the controversial mega dam power project, which is being constructed by NHPC at Gerukamukh at Assam-Arunachal boundary area.

Earlier in July this year, the AJYCP members blocked the movement of the trucks with construction materials taking advantage of the COVID-19 and lockdown situation. A tense situation had prevailed following the protest and soon afterwards the administration clamped curfew to disperse the agitators. The stranded trucks with construction materials were ferried to NHPC project site later with the help of security forces.

Notably, construction works of the mega dam project at SLHEP was stopped from November, 2011, but the authority has been supplying machinery to the project site. Continuing the construction work in the highly seismic zone, NHPC has violated the recommendations of the expert committee, Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal.

It is alleged that the BJP-led governments at the Centre and the State have taken a stand in favour of the big river dam project while taking a U-turn from their previous stand.

The overall situation at Gogamukh is reportedly peaceful till the filing of this report.

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