Assam dam protest triggers food crisis in AP distt

Food and fuel crisis loom large in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh following blockade of NH-52 by anti-dam activists in Assam.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

Itanagar: Food and fuel crisis loom large
in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh following blockade of
NH-52 by anti-dam activists in Assam against execution of
Lower Subansiri hydro electric project.

Official sources today said supply of fuel and
essential commodities were affected in East, West, and Upper
Siang districts due to the blockade by Krishak Mukti Sangram
Samiti, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad and others.

The organizations have been blocking movement of
vehicles carrying essential commodities and fuel tankers at
Lakhimpur which had caused acute fuel and food crisis in the
Siang belt as NH-52 is considered as lifeline for the people
of the three Siang districts, the sources said.

The protesters were opposing construction of a dam on
Ranganadi river by National Hydel Power Corporation
apprehending that it would harm people staying downstream and
destroy the state`s resources.

East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok has urged
his Lakhimpur counterpart for releasing the stranded vehicles
which are on their way to Arunachal.

The Lakhimpur DC has assured us to allow the vehicles
after a negotiation with the protesters," Tapok said.

The Siang districts have been hit by shortage of fuel
for the second time this year.

Earlier the three districts had faced acute shortage
of essential commodities and petroleum products for a
fortnight in August after floods in Dhemaji district of Assam
disrupted transport on NH-52.

PTI