STUDENTS STAGE PROTESTS AGAINST NTPC MEGA DAM

The All-Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Monday staged statewide protests against the construction of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)’s 2000 MW Subansiri Lower hydroelectric project at Gerukamukh in Lakhimpur district along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

The AASU members staged sit-in-protest in its district and sub-division headquarters across the state against the NHPC project.

In Biswanath district, the AASU members shouted slogans against the state government and demanded to stop construction works of the hydroelectric project.

A leader of the students’ organisation said the dam will harm the people living downstream.

“AASU will continue its protest until the government will not take appropriate measures to protect the life and property of the people living downstream. A committee comprising the experts of Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and IIT Guwahati was formed and, the expert committee said that this type of dam is not suitable for a state like Assam which falls in the earthquake zone and the dam will harm the downstream. It will pose a big threat to the life and property of the people living downstream,” the AASU leader said.

The AASU leader said the construction works of the hydroelectric project were halted after the tripartite talks between the government, AASU and NHPC in 2006 but the construction work of the dam has again started.

“We have staged a protest against it across the state and we will continue our protest until the government will not ensure to protect the life and property of the people living downstream,” the AASU leader said.

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