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.