Shillong: Assam government today asked
Arunachal Pradesh to desist from allowing wanton construction
of big dams in its territory but the later maintained the
state had no role in it with all the projects being cleared by
Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
Referring to the big dams being taken up in the upper
reaches of Brahmaputra water system in Arunachal, Assam Power
Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said "what we are concerned over is
the prevalence of high seismic zone and fragile geological
condition of the areas."
"The rights of Assam as downstream state must be
protected. Arunachal Pradesh should desist from allowing
construction of big dams by various promoters," Bordoloi, who
was attending the ninth meeting of NE Regional Power
"Reports by various committees have been forwarded to all
stakeholders to take measures to mitigate the deleterious
downstream effects," he said.
However, Arunachal Pradesh Power Minister Jarbom
Gamlin said on the sidelines of the meeting that the state
had no role in the project but his government was keen to see
it saw the light of the day.
"The project has been okayed by the CEA after clearance
from the Environment Ministry. We share the concerns of Assam
but they should take it up with the concerned people at the
Centre. There are people in Delhi who have the technical
know-how. They are the best persons who can say if the project
is safe," Gamlin said.
The 2000MW Lower Subansiri hydroelectricity project,
being developed by state-owned NHPC Ltd, was mired in
controversy after two expert committees, which studied its
impact and viability, expressed reservation.
Various organisations in Assam, including influential All
Assam Students` Union (AASU), have been up in arms against the
project, while the state government too has refused to sign
the MoU with NHPC relating to construction on Assam side till
"all doubts are cleared."