Arunachal Governor for dams to check floods
Shillong: Against the backdrop of frequent floods in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (retd) JJ Singh Wednesday batted for construction of scientific check dams in the river Brahmaputra to avert flooding in the low lying areas along its course.
"There should be proper study done, analysis and then steps taken to find long term enduring solutions to floods in Assam, low lying areas of Arunachal Pradesh (and Meghalaya),? Singh told reporters after calling on his counterpart in Meghalaya here of his two day visit to Meghalaya.
Singh said dams should be constructed after a thorough analysis and scientific surveys are conducted and constructed only where it is required.
The Governor also said that the Government institutions like the North Eastern Council and the DoNER Ministry should take the lead in the finding lasting solutions to the flood problems in the region.
Castigating on the opposition to big dams by NGOs, Singh said they (NGOs) should be explaining today if dams would or would not help if regulated flow of water takes places during heavy monsoons.
Asked on the diversion threat of major tributaries of the Brahmaputra in China’s Tibet region, the former Army chief said, "We must not be carried away by information which is not corroborated by facts on the grounds."
He said, today the Government is in a position to know whether it is a dam or an electricity project where water is stored for generation of electricity by using satellite images.