Big Dams in North East India : AASU to lead massive protest

The powerful student organisation of Assam, AASU ( All Assam Student Union) is going to lead 25 other indigenous student organisations of Assa against big dams in North East India, specially in Arunachal Pradesh. They have jointly decided to intensify the protest throughout the state.

In the two-day meeting of all the organizations that concluded today in Guwahati, decision was taken to stage a sit-in demonstration on September 30 in Guwahati, followed by a vigorous gana-satyagraha in the first week of November in the capital city opposing the big dams in North East India.

Addressing a press meet here, the AASU advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya said that the movement against the big dams would be stepped up with the active participation of common people. “Experts from IIT-Guwahati, Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University have clearly said in their report that constructing dams in a vulnerable seismic zone like the foothills of Himalayas can be dangerous to the existence of the people living in that area,” Bhattacharyya said, while criticizing the Centre as well as the State governments for their negligence on the issue.

The meeting further decided to unite the people of different communities on all the vital issues including constitutional safeguard to the people of the State and other demands.

This announcement is significant after chairman of NHPC declaring that, the lower Subansiri hydro elctric project will be complete on time by 2014 few days ago. KMSS ( Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) led by Akhil Gogoi had already declared that they would intensify heir stir against big dams of North East India.

The question, we all need, but at what cost ? Most probably, that is same same questions being asked everywhere in India, presently.

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  • November 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    A Ballad of Ecological Awareness

    The cost of building dams is always underestimated
    There’s erosion of the delta that the river has created,
    There’s fertile soil below the dam that’s likely to be looted,
    And the tangled mat of forest that has got to be uprooted.

    There’s the breaking up of cultures with old haunts and habits loss,
    There’s the education program that just doesn’t come across,
    And the wasted fruits of progress that are seldom much enjoyed
    By expelled subsistence farmers who are urban unemployed.

    There’s disappointing yield of fish, beyond the first explosion;
    There’s silting up, and drawing down, and watershed erosion.
    Above the dam the water’s lost by sheer evaporation;
    Below, the river scours, and suffers dangerous alteration.

    For engineers, however good, are likely to be guilty
    Of quietly forgetting that a river can be silty,
    While the irrigation people too are frequently forgetting
    That water poured upon the land is likely to be wetting.

    Then the water in the lake, and what the lake releases,
    Is crawling with infected snails and water-borne diseases.
    There’s a hideous locust breeding ground when water level’s low,
    And a million ecologic facts we really do not know.

    There are benefits, of course, which may be countable, but which
    Have a tendency to fall into the pockets of the rich.
    While the costs are apt to fall upon the shoulders of the poor.
    So cost-benefit analysis is nearly always sure.
    To justify the building of a solid concrete fact,
    While the Ecologic Truth is left behind in the Abstract.

    Kenneth E. Boulding.
    From T. Farvar and J. Milton, The Careless Technology , Tom Stacey, London, 1973.


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