What could be music to the ears of CM Tarun Gogoi of Assam, KMSS ( Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) has extended support to it for forming North East Water Resource Authority (NEWRA). KMSS has also insisted on effecting an amendment in the National Hydro Power Policy 2008.
In a statement issued to the press, the KMSS said that unless it was ensured that Assam enjoyed equal benefits of inter-State river waters, all construction of dams over inter-State rivers should be opposed.
Government of Assam has been demanding to form a water resources authority and recently Assam CM Tarun Gogoi met prime minister Dr. Manmohn Singh regarding this issue. Arunachal Pradesh, which has the most potential for hydro power generation, has been opposing such authority.
“If necessary, the Government of Assam should take the initiative to form a tribunal under the Inter State Water Dispute Act 1956 to stop construction of dams,” said the KMSS.
The KMSS also demanded that a cumulative impact assessment of all proposed dams in Arunachal Pradesh be carried out. The KMSS also called for a specific study of geological and seismic vulnerability aspects of the region. “Work on all ongoing and proposed big dams in Arunachal Pradesh should be kept in abeyance pending a thorough study of every possible adverse impact, including downstream concerns,” said the KMSS.