By- Staff Reporter | Date- February 18, 2012
The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has come down heavily on the Group of Ministers (Gom) appointed by the Assam State Government and accused it of betraying the wishes of the people of Assam by agreeing to continue the construction of the 2,000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydro-electric Project at Gerukamukh by the National Hydro-Electrical Power Corporation (NHPC). This was stated by KMSS General Secretary Akhil Gogoi in a press conference held on the road blockade side off National Highway-52 at Ghagar Nagar, 30 km from North Lakhimpur town.
Gogoi accused that the GoM has betrayed the expert committee’s recommendations concerning the dangers of the Gerukamukh dam and betrayed the general public by allowing NHPC to continue the construction of the dam. He also said that corporate giants like Reliance, Zindal and Jay Pee Group had been eyeing another two hundred dams in the entire North East for power production and therefore they were pressing hard for the completion of the work of the Gerukamukh dam.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) had met officials from NHPC a day earlier where it had agreed to continue with the mega dam project. Earlier the GoM had meetings with the groups and organisations protesting against the construction of the Mega Dam Project such as Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), All Assam Students Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyotabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), etc and also several experts and the civil society on this issue.
It is to be mentioned that the much awaited talks scheduled between the National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation (NHPC) and eight organizations led by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on the issue of Lower Subansiri Hydro-electric Project was abruptly cancelled last Monday, 13 February which led to huge dissatisfaction and outcry from the protesting organisations. Anti-dam protests in Assam has taken a popular shape already and its support base is seen to be increasing with every day.