Assam and Arunachal on collision course over mega dams

There have been reports which indicates, government of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh may be on a collision course over mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

Today, Takam Sanjay, MP from Arunachal Pradesh has opined in Lok Sabha that, those opposing construction of dams in Arunachal Pradesh for generation electricity are ‘anti-national’. It may be mentioned that, recently Arunachal Government has signed MOU with few large private companies to build more that 10 hydel power projects in Arunachal Pradesh to generate 30,000MW ow power. With these projects, Arunachal Pradesh may generate Rs. 70billion of revenue yearly. Arunachal Pradesh has potential to generate more than 50,000MW of power through hydel power projects.

On the other hand, Assam on 12th August, registered protest over “reckless” construction of mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh and demanded that the Inter Ministerial Group of the Prime Minster’s Office (PMO) conduct a through study to find out whether such dams are safe in a highly seismic region.

In the just concluded two-day Northeast Power Ministers’ meet here, Assam Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said a proper study must be conducted to find whether construction of such mega dams are safe in a region which lies on a “high seismic zone with fragile geological condition”.

“I would like to voice the concern and anxiety of the people of Assam because of numerous dams and big hydel projects being taken up in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra water system in Arunachal Pradesh,” Bordoloi said during the meeting in which Arunachal Pradesh Power Minster Jarbon Gamlin was also present.

The powerful student organisation of Assam, AASU, has threatened to launch a mass movement if construction of large dams continue. People of Assam are worried that large dams may cause flash flood periodically.

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