Update on Big Dams in North East India

Prime Minister of India Mr. Manmohan Singh will soon hold an important meeting with Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, environment minister Jairam Ramesh, water resources minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and external affairs minister S M Krishna along with deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia about big dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

The agenda of the meeting is to decide if these hydro-electric projects should be put on hold till comprehensive studies are conducted to understand their impact on the state’s environment as well as the consequences downstream in neighbouring Assam, reports by Times Of India.

The meeting will also discuss about impacts of existing dams like lower Subansiri Hydro Electric power project, Tipaimukh dams on downstream areas in Assam.

This news must be music to the ears of people of Assam as well as ruling Congress party in Assam which is facing Assembly election in 2011. But it surely ring alarm bells in Arunachal Pradesh where the state government has signed more than 100 MOU ( memorandum of understanding) with various private companies for building hydro-electric power projects.

Recently, the people of Assam who are already victim of regular floods, have been strongly protesting against these dams as Assam is the downstream to these dams and likely to face frequent flood during monsoon or whenever there is heavy rain.

All Assam Student Union ( AASU ), Takam Mising Porin Kebang ( TMPK ), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti ( KMSS) etc. are spearheading the popular protest against big dams in North East India.

News Source : Times Of India

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