Turbines to Subansiri site ferried by NHPC – Mega dam in the making

By- Correspondent| Date- September 10, 2011

In spite of stiff opposition by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), has yesterday started ferrying the turbines of the project to the Gerukamukh site of the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP).

The turbines were earlier taken back to Dhubri from Tezpur due to huge resistance by the people of the State under the banners of the AASU and KMSS.

Both AASU and KMSS has confirmed that they have already initiated preparations to launch an all-round agitation across the state against the movement and demanded immediate stop to the progress of the ships carrying the turbines across the Brahmaputra.

Mentionable that the issue of the construction of Mega Dams has become one of the major issues of the state in the last one year. Various expert committees have opined against the construction of the dam as it poses a threat to the people as well as ecology.

However the Government has been seen to be adamant in construction of the dam. In fact the Government, including the state minister of Power was not seen giving much importance to the fact that the eight-member panel of experts, jointly constituted by NHPC, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Assam government, had found several inadequacies in its design and construction of the dam.

According to the panel of experts, the site selected for the mega dam of the present dimension was not appropriate in such a geologically and seismological sensitive location. The expert group, comprising experts from IIT Guwahati and Gauhati and Dibrugarh universities, was set up to study the downstream impact of the project.

On the other hand, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) had promised to oppose the mega river dam projects being set up in the North East region at any cost. It had also called upon all the nationalist organizations of the State to unite on the issue and accused the center that the dam projects were an example of colonial rule on the region by the Center.

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