JONAI, Sept 19 – Student organizations, led by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK), are fuming over the fact that hearing on the 2,700-MW Lower Siang power project in East Siang district, slated for October 18, will include only the Siang Valley of Arunachal, keeping the downstream areas out of its purview.
These organisations have threatened of vigorous protest against the alleged faulty hearing.
Reiterating their indefinite agitation against construction of mega dam in Arunachal Pradesh, the student bodies alleged that the people of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh and Majuli are afraid of construction of big dams as these dams pose a threat to the civilization and demographic pattern of the four downstream districts of Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Jorhat.
Highlighting experts’ reports, which pointed out the high seismic activities in the area, AASU finance secretary Tularam Gogoi today said, “If the hydro-power dam were to crash, water of Lower Subansiri and Siang river will flood the downstream areas in Assam within a moment and cause a great catastrophe.”
“The Central government should take serious note of the adverse impact of the dam projects,” Gogoi, who is a native of Dhemaji district, said. “We must chalk out an effective protest measure against the ‘faulty hearing’ on the Lower Siang Project, by convening a joint meeting in Guwahati tomorrow, he suggested.
The leaders alleged that the NHPC is flagrantly violating environmental laws and ignoring the report submitted by the expert committees. They also warned the Arunachal government against unilateral hearing on the study of downstream impact of the controversial project.
The Lower Siang Project, implemented by the Jaypee Group of Industries, is a little under the weather with local organizations, including Lower Siang Affected People’s Association (LSAPA), Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) and others demanded scrapping of the project, apprehending a severe downstream impact.