Opposing the construction of Stage I and II Mega dams by NHPC and NEEPCO over the Siang river, the Siang Indigenous Farmers' Forum (SIFF) today threatened to launch an agitation if the projects are not scrapped immediately.
If all the large dams proposed by China on rivers within Tibet begin operations, the Brahmaputra river will never be the same again, warns a Canadian environmentalist who has done extensive research on the subject.
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati on Wednesday said that her ministry is not opposing construction of dams on rivers in the north east except that the technology should be safe and should not "kill" the river.
DMK president M Karunanidhi on Saturday opposed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu`s remarks on constructing check dams across Palar, saying it would affect three districts in Tamil Nadu dependent on the river for its drinking water needs.
Noisy scenes were witnessed for the second consecutive day on Thursday in the Assembly over Tamil Nadu`s claim on four dams located within the state, even as Chief Minister Oommen Chandy made it clear that these dams would continue to be part of Kerala.
The reported building of dams on the Brahmaputra in China was a "matter of serious concern" and any attempt to interfere with the river`s flow should be considered as an "act of aggression", NPP leader PA Sangma has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The announcement by Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare on releasing water to Marathwada from dams in Nashik district has met with criticism not only from Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) but also from the minister`s own party NCP.