Megadam protest in Assam gaining momentum

After the news of turbine being ferried to Gerukamukh by Brahmaputra and Subansiri river spread in Assam, protests against mega dams has been gaining momentum again. This time, both powerful student organisation AASU ( All Assam Student Union) and KMSS ( Krishak Mukti Sangram Somiti) have taken initiatives and organising picketing at various places in Assam.

Many experts opine that the LSHELP ( Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project ) Run-of-the-river (ROR) hydroelectricity generation project which does not build a large dam or large reservoir. So it does neither affect environment much nor can flood downstream.

on 13th September 2011, KMSS took out a massive rally at Tezpur demanding halting of LSHELP dam construction. They are also demanding scrapping of recent land swapping pact with Bangladesh in which Bangladesh and India swapped some lands.

In a statement here, the KMSS has said that at the rally held at the Joymati Field of the town, its general secretary Akhil Gogoi alleged that the Chief Minister of the State has approved a deal that has transferred a vast area of the State’s territory to Bangladesh when the indigenous people of the State have been agitating for land settlement rights.

The Chief Minister did not bother to place the matter in the State Assembly before giving his consent to the land swap pact with Bangladesh. This act of the Chief Minister is not approved by the people of the State, said Akhil Gogoi.

Further, the Chief Minister has failed to implement the legislation on the rights of the tribals and forest dwellers, the KMSS general secretary alleged. He also avowed that the KMSS would not allow the Government to succeed in its bid to curb the rights of the common people over water to benefit the multi-national companies. KMSS president Raju Bora, its working president Molan Laskar, and finance secretary Chitra Gogoi also addressed the rally.

Source : Assam Tribune.

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