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KMSS urges media to boycott news on NHPC
staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, Sept 18 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today appealed to the media to boycott, or to publish news in a restrained manner on the National Hydroelectric power Corporation (NHPC), which is implementing the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project. It has also announced its new phase of agitation against the LSHEP, said a press release here.

In this new phase, the KMSS activists will block the movement of the construction materials of the project. It has also made an appeal to the workers engaged in the project not to work for the project and requested the workers belonging to the State to go on voluntary retirement.

The organisation has also appealed to the transport companies not to carry the materials required in the project, or else, it has warned blockade programme against those ignoring this appeal.

The organisation has also announced that it would launch a social boycott campaign against the NHPC employees and would take recourse to satyagraha at the residences of the employees and workers engaged in the project.

As part of this phase of agitation, the organisation will also launch a series of mass movement in the headquarter towns of the State.

The organisation has also demanded public hearing in Assam on the 2700-MW Lower Siang Hydroelectric Power Project being built in Arunachal Pradesh. The project is going to have its impact in the Jonai, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia areas located in its downstream. But the authorities concerned have arranged for public hearing on the project only within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh in the next month.

The environment impact assessment report of the project has categorically mentioned that the impact of the project on Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Assam needs to be assessed, said the organisation.

It has also criticized the authorities concerned for not conducting the downstream impact study of the Lohit Hydroelectric Power Project up to a distance of 100 km as has been asked by the Expert Apprisal Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

In both the cases of the Lower Siang and the Lohit projects, the Assam Government is capitulating to the power lobby and the Central Government compromising State’s rights over its water resources, the organisation said.

It has also made an appeal to the organisations involved in the anti-mega dam agitation to unite for the greater interest of the people of the region.

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