TMPK and AASU start agitation against big dams in Assam

The joint agitation of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) in support of their demands for revocation of all the proposals to set up mega hydel power projects in the NE region, solving Assam’s flood and erosion problems and saving the largest inhabited river island Majuli, started today.

The leaders of the central committees of both the student organisations staged a two-hour sit-in demonstration near the Raj Bhawan here from 11 am in support of the above demands.

On the other hand, members of the Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district units of the student bodies blocked the road leading to the Gerukamukh site of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation’s (NHPC’s) 2,000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHEP’s) dam to prevent transportation of construction materials to the site.

The road blockade is to continue till July 11, said the AASU and TMPK leaders at a joint press conference here.

They also informed newspersons that their members would observe an 11-hour fast from 6 am of July 8 at the sub-divisional and district headquarters all over the State in support of the demands.

The student bodies called for urgent steps to implement the recommendations of the eight-man expert committee engaged to study the downstream impacts of the LSHEP. The expert committee was constituted as per the decision of a tripartite meeting held among the representatives of the NHPC, Assam Government and the AASU.

It needs mention here that the above committee, comprising experts from Gauhati University (GU), Dibrugarh University and IIT, Guwahati, said in its report, among others, that no mega-dam project should be taken up at locations south of the geological main boundary thrust (MBT) and in the close proximity of the foothill thrust (FHT).

It also called for steps to re-locate and re-design the LSHEP by sufficiently reducing its dam height. For, it argued that the present site of the project was not suitable for scientific reasons and the project needed to be redesigned because of its present design not meeting several of the structural and environmental safety parameters.

AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy, TMPK president Johan Doley and AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said at the press conference that they also met the Governor today on the issue and handed over to him a copy of the report of the expert committee.
Source : Assam Tribune

2 thoughts on “TMPK and AASU start agitation against big dams in Assam

  • November 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm
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    There are many other options for Development of an area, country and the world other than construction of Mega Dams for the same. What is the meaning of Development, wherein we are exploiting, disturbing and changing the face of Mother Nature. At whose cost? Nature is not Dependant on us rather We are Dependant on Mother Nature for our Survivor and Development. So, We, at Forum for Siang Dialogue, Pasighat Arunachal Pradesh, have vowed to ourselves that, we shall fight to our last to STOP the Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project undertaken by JAYPEE co. Ltd. We also appeal all like minded Organisations, Individuals esp. from Assam to lend us a helping hand in our Mission. Spokesperson, “Forum for Siang Dialogue”.

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  • January 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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    Will there ever be an end to injustice in this world? Oh dear we are here struggling to survive, to improve in life. While there are people having too much. They want to show off. So they build in our boundary one of the biggest dams in the world to show their power. They don care for us coz we are nothing to them. The dam will kill us. They know that. But they have the permission of the owner of this land.

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